The aural equivalent of a punch in the face, ¡Forward Russia! kick off 2006 with a bang. Who says January has to be a slow month for music? This two minute slice of frenzied post-punk is anything but, hurtling out of the blocks like a left-over Christmas cracker injected with petrol and set alight.
According to the sleeve, the lyrics talk of Einstein and equations but with such a righteous racket going on in the foreground you're unlikely to hear them. Broken glass guitars, breakneck bass and the singer's yelped vocal delivery are the most immediate highlights of 'Twelve', but it's the hooks that stick in your brain and make you ponder whether this could prove to be ¡Forward Russia!'s knock-out blow.
9Rob Webb's Score