This thing is an absolute monster: killer riffs, uncompromising lyrics and attitude up the wazoo – even the cover art is stunning.
Featuring members of Iron Mind and Carpathian, the quintet take their musical cues from across the board, with echoes of Slayer, Throwdown, Madball, Sacred Reich and Terror (and on the second half of the record the skin-crawling cerebral stylings of Dwid and the Holy Terror movement) in their brutal sound. Suffice to say there's not a weak moment on the LP. From the opening strains of the frantic Forced, right through to the unrelenting chug of album closer, Scarred, this is the rarest of commodities – an album that manages to fully engage your interest and refuses to let go. I'm not going to bother listing the highlights here – quite frankly I'd have to describe all 12 tracks. Instead I'll just say this – if you have any interest in hardcore you owe it to yourself to check out this record – it's as good (if not better) than anything on the international stage and an indicator of just how accomplished the local hardcore scene has become.
This week's new sets include tunes from Wavves (our Album Of The Week), Mercury Rev and Trivium, plus releases from locals Cold Chisel and Philadelphia Grand Jury.