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Arab On Radar were one of the most intense and inventive bands to ever emerge from any scene let alone the historically guarded and relatively stagnant world of hardcore. They came out blazing with a brutal (but not heavy in the standard tradition) noise-rock sound whose intensity and creative flair goes unrivalled. After the demise of the group a couple of the lads went on to form Chinese St ...

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A Jumpers Handbook by Doomsday Student
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9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 24 May 2012

Arab On Radar were one of the most intense and inventive bands to ever emerge from any scene let alone the historically guarded and relatively stagnant world of hardcore. They came out blazing with a brutal (but not heavy in the standard tradition) noise-rock sound whose intensity and creative flair goes unrivalled. After the demise of the group a couple of the lads went on to form Chinese Stars - a group that worked from the same foundation but emphasised the groove that made Arab On Radar earliest material so appealing through the fudge of noise.

Once Chinese Stars had decided to call it a day and an aborted attempt at a AOR reformation (I think it lasted half a tour or something) Arab On Radar evolved into Doomsday Student (with the assistance of the Chrome Jackson drummer) and hit us with this - 'The Jumper's Handbook'. It's taken a while or it to get to us in the UK (and it's CD only - gutted) but it's finally here and I can finally own it!


This is basically an Arab On Radar record under a new name. Not sure why this is but rest assured it's business as usual for the lads. No bass, crushed repetitive drum grooves, scratchy ass guitar licks and Eric Paul's possessed perverse-o poetry are the order of the day. Eight tunes - all good. Not quite on a par with 'Yahweh Or The Highway' but they're just warming up. Much better than the toss that passes for rock music nowadays.


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