After releasing two EPs in 2012 and 2014 respectively, Leipzig-based dark hardcore outfit Throwers replenish their arsenal for a devastating assault on their first full-length, Loss. The term “dark” is used here in relation to hardcore because that seems to be the perfect way to describe what’s going on here. It’s not dark in terms of grimy production and suffocating dissonance, but instead in terms of the brooding, menacing atmospheres it creates. It features all of the nuances of a good, back-breaking hardcore album, but with a somber post-metal twist. It will bash listeners with vitriolic, concussive instrumentation and, at the drop of a dime, plummet them into realms of melancholy and introspection. It’s only fitting that the record is called “Loss”, because each track is reminiscent of the emotional push and pull of grief.
Seven tracks, 35 minutes. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but Throwers attempt to make every hit count on their debut. Loss begins with the pulverizing “Singularity”, with stampedes through a wall of noise with crusty, d-beat laden destruction. The Cursed adjacent hardcore gutter-bombing eventually morphs into a lurching, atmospheric crawl that features haunting guitar melodies and layers of hollow ambiance before returning to hellacious metallic torture. “Der Makel” follows shortly after “Singularity” with lumbering doom that is surrounding by a thick fog of polluted atmosphere. After the sludgy march concludes, the band unleash a myriad of cataclysmic riffs and city-leveling drum work. The instrumentation quickly switches from volcanic hardcore, to churning chaos, to corrosive sludge and to Isis-esque post-metal throughout its short, four-minute duration. Tracks like “Homecoming” and “Unarmed” tend to be more chaotic than the previously-mentioned tracks. “Homecoming” in particular wastes no time beating the listener senselessly with bouncing, angular riffs. The track twists and turns up until its bass-driven bridge, which is surrounded by menacing guitar riffs and a slow-burning sense of tension. Said tension is finally released during the song’s frenzied final moments. The album is brought to a close by arguably its best track. The six-minute “Nevermore” begins with nearly a minute of reverberating melancholy before the tracks explodes into a flurry of chaotic hardcore and blistering black metal. The spine-snapping hardcore bleeds seamlessly into brooding sludge as it progresses before returning to even more delightfully painful attacks. Once the track kicks off it absolutely refuses to let up. Listeners will be picking up their teeth off of the floor when this album concludes.
It’s extremely heavy and extremely emotive at the same time. Just like the emotions experienced during a loss, the sounds on Loss are always in flux. The instrumentation rapidly shifts styles and moods throughout, keeping listeners on their toes. It’s brash and bludgeoning one moment, somber and reflective the next. Nothing on Loss feels contrived or forced and everything flows fairly smoothly. Throwers have really outdone themselves on this record and they really set the bar high for themselves.
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Favorite Tracks: “Singularity”, “Karg” and “Nevermore”
For Fans Of: Cursed, Grieved, Alpinist and Throes