Council of Rats – Coarse
Council of Rats deliver a half-hour of raging, emotionally-charged hardcore on their aptly-named sophomore full-length, Coarse. Equally drawing influence from hardcore of the “metallic” and “post” varieties, this Italian act deliver 11 tunes of high-speed anger and anguish that will entice any hardcore fan. Tracks like “Vexed” and “Flaws” waste no time lunging for the listener’s throat with their melodic, yet scathing chords and tumultuous d-beat rhythms. Crushing metallic hardcore will often spar with muscular bass lines and bleed into angular, melodic leads on these short, but sweet tunes as well, providing for a surprising amount of depth for such short-lived tracks. Longer cuts like “Carcrasher” and “Against All Odds” revel in ripping hardcore merriment as much as the other tracks, but also give rise to sprawling, melancholic climaxes and atmospheric tendencies. But then there are tracks like “The Burden” and “Lower Nature” to balance everything out with mosh-worthy, bludgeoning hardcore chaos that is packed into little two-minute bursts. Overall, Council of Rats have captured lightning in a bottle with this hard-hitting, potent release. Coarse is a must-listen for any modern hardcore aficionado.
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Label: Perkoro Records/Sonatine Produzioni/Shove Records
Favorite Tracks: “Vexed”, “Flaws”, “Carcrasher” and “The Bowery Chamber”
For Fans Of: Loma Prieta, Birds in Row, Oathbreaker, Tutti I Colori Del Buio and Cortez
Satan – Un Deuil Indien
When a band chooses to label themselves as “possessed punk” and name themselves after the dark lord himself, the music better be evil. Thankfully Satan and their sophomore LP Un Deuil Indien are delightfully evil. These French punks deliver a raw, stripped-down blend of energetic punk and second-wave black metal across 17 hellacious minutes. It is like listening to Black Flag covering Mayhem with vocals provided by some Hell-spawned entity. The guitars churn out blizzards of tremolo-picked riffs and chords that rip the flesh from the face of the listener with their icy malevolence. These feverish six-string conjurations collide head-on with rambunctious drumming that weaves together d-beat rhythms with black metal blast beats. The devilish vocals are at the heart of this beast, spewing out venomous sermons and incantations. From “Orchidée” to “Perdu Dans Cordoue”, Un Deuil Indien delivers one unrelenting burst of Satanic hardcore after the next, ensuring total aural devastation. Whether the song be a cacophonous collision of sound, or a frostbitten black metal onslaught, each one is more vicious than the last and will keep listeners crawling back for more.
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Label: Throatruiner Records
Favorite Tracks: “Orchidée”, “Olympia Pleure” and “Ça Coupe Et Ça Saigne”
For Fans Of: Young and in the Way and Tutti I Colori Del Buio