I have to say I like the cover, so that’s a good start.
The music itself is well recorded with a sound that accentuates the emotive nature of the band.
Angular riffs and chuggy, expressive guitars chop and change their way through the playing time. This would have been at home in the late 90’s/early 00’s Metallic Hardcore scene which spawned the likes of Botch, Zao, Norma Jean, Poison the Well, Nora, etc.
The songs here are wonderfully constructed and boast lots of ideas and interesting riffs to keep the listener hooked.
The singer performs with great gusto and has a voice that’s somewhere between a shout and a scream. He complements and suits the songs well and provides a warmer human side to the band; the music is emotive in its own right of course, but it has a cold, harsh edge to it that the vocals compensate for. Taken together these tracks are dangerously addictive.
This is a class EP full of the kind of meaty Hardcore Metal that’s in much shorter supply these days than it once was.
They’ve made a fan of me and I can’t wait for a full album now. Bettyœtker are here to stay.