5 Wycombe 'til I die!Thrashman | 09/09/2007 | See all Thrashman's reviews (1)I've been following this band for several years now ... not in some worrying stalker kind of way, but because they are excellent performers, have a genuine stage presence, and a serious fan base. High Wycombe may not strike you as a volcanic hotbed of new music; let's face it, it's a moderately sized Buckinghamshire town with a history of chair making (It even has a chair museum - honest) and harbouring terrorist suspects in the woods. But, in recent years, it's become the centre for a number of new metal bands - mainly due to the forward-thinking of pub owners who have opened their stages to new talent. 'This Dying Hour' is currently the best of the bunch with banging tunes, tight riffs, anthemic choruses and some thought-provoking lyrics. On stage, they are loud, proud and great to watch, frequently joining the moshers in the pit or erupting into finger-shredding solos ... but never at the expense of the music.This EP is their first step into the world of pro recording and it's a great debut. 'Wycombe' is their signature tune and always gets the fans raving, 'How to use guns' is a quirky anti-war anthem, and 'Homestar' is a thrashing rock-fest. But the highlight is the huge title track - 'Longest memory of the shortest life' is exactly nine minutes of pure anthem rock with soaring guitars, melodic keyboards, a solid thumping ground of bass and drums and a chorus to die for. I challenge you not to sing along ...A superb debut from a new band. Expect great things from them in the future. My advice is to get in on the ground floor by buying this EP while you can.