Sense Offender/Nil – Split (Review)

Sense Offender Nil - SplitThis is a split between UK hardcore bands Sense Offender and Nil.

Sense Offender start us off, with 8 minutes of material. The band play a form of jagged chaotic hardcore that is belligerent and lethal. Continue reading “Sense Offender/Nil – Split (Review)”

Erdve – Savigaila (Review)

Erdve - SavigailaErdve are from Lithuania and play blackened hardcore sludge. This is their second album.

Following on from 2018’s crushing Vaitojimas, Erdve have returned with 43 minutes of new material. Savigaila contains eleven songs, compared with Vaitojimas‘s six, yet is only five minutes longer due to the overall shorter duration of the individual tracks. Continue reading “Erdve – Savigaila (Review)”

Wanderer – Liberation from a Brutalist Existence (Review)

Wanderer - Liberation from a Brutalist ExistenceThis is the debut album from Wanderer, a hardcore band from the US.

Liberation from a Brutalist Existence contains 23 minutes of violent aggression and dark intensity. Smashing together grindcore, crust, sludge, doom, mathcore, punk, and metal into a scathing hardcore assault, Wanderer’s debut album is an exceptional slice of abrasive darkness. Continue reading “Wanderer – Liberation from a Brutalist Existence (Review)”

Blessings – Biskopskniven (Review)

Blessings - BiskopsknivenThis is the second album from Blessings, a Swedish post-hardcore band.

Blessings merge elements of noise rock, post-rock, and sludge into their sound. The end result is an album of multifaceted post-hardcore, rich in textured nervous energy and bristling with raw emotional intensity. The promo Continue reading “Blessings – Biskopskniven (Review)”

Capra – In Transmission (Review)

Capra - In TransmissionThis is the debut album from US hardcore band Capra.

Capra play a hybrid style of metallic hardcore and punk. It’s a style that you don’t hear too much these days, and they play it damn well. It’s a style that makes me very nostalgic, yet at the same time it also sounds vibrant and fresh due to the band’s inherent enthusiasm and skill. Continue reading “Capra – In Transmission (Review)”

Wolf King – The Path of Wrath (Review)

Wolf King - The Path of WrathThis is the second album from US blackened hardcore band Wolf King.

2018’s Loyal to the Soil was an enjoyable slice of vicious nastiness, so I knew that Continue reading “Wolf King – The Path of Wrath (Review)”

Portrayal of Guilt – We Are Always Alone (Review)

Portrayal of Guilt - We Are Always AlonePortrayal of Guilt are a blackened hardcore band from the US and this is their second album.

And now for 26 minutes of grim darkness and murderous brutality. Portrayal of Guilt play the sort of ultra-nasty hardcore that can lacerate flesh at 1000 paces. Mixing together blistering hardcore and angry punk with a blackened sheen, this is not for the faint of heart. Continue reading “Portrayal of Guilt – We Are Always Alone (Review)”

Among Phantoms – Memories/Catastrophes (Review)

Among Phantoms - Memories CatastrophesAmong Phantoms are a hardcore band from Denmark and this is their debut album.

This is a modern brand of hardcore, with elements of metalcore that can be heard, alongside a healthy rock influence. Continue reading “Among Phantoms – Memories/Catastrophes (Review)”

Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better? (Review)

Svalbard - When I Die, Will I Get BetterSvalbard are a crust/hardcore band from the UK and this is their third album.

The follow up to 2018’s It’s Hard to Have Hope, I was not expecting just how good When I Die, Will I Get Better? is.

This is an album where Continue reading “Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better? (Review)”

Lacittàdolente – Salespeople (Review)

Lacittàdolente - SalespeopleLacittàdolente are an Italian-based mathcore band, and this is their debut album.

Mathcore, hardcore, and metalcore collide across 27 minutes of music. Salespeople put me in mind of the past quite strongly, while also keeping a firm eye on the here and now. Continue reading “Lacittàdolente – Salespeople (Review)”