High Priests – Spinning
Venomous noise rock and angular post-hardcore collide on High Priests‘ full-length debut, Spinning. Composed of equal parts Amphetamine Reptile and Touch & Go, this half-hour of anti-rock anthems will leave listeners’ heads, well, spinning. The guitars craft sharp, jangly riffs that are rife with both dissonance and a strong sense of groove, while metallic bass lines thunder below. The drumming is steady, pummeling, but launches into off-kilter rhythms unexpectedly. All of these elements, including caustic, snarky vocals, coalesce into a punchy noise rock package. From the bulldzong “Control”, to the dissonant and jagged “All You”, Spinning keeps the listener thoroughly engaged with each of its gritty tunes. Rhythmically-jarring noise punk riffs are churned out in abundance on tracks like “Night Train”, while cuts like “Century Deprivation” present an angular and pissed-off blend of punk that sounds like a cross between The Jesus Lizard and Karp. Even when things are slowed to a menacing crawl, such as the case with the album’s title track, there’s always a burst of post-hardcore rampage lurking around the corner. All-in-all High Priests‘ Spinning is a fun kick in the teeth and a must-listen for fans of all things noisy.
Release Date: March 23, 2017
Label: Triple Eye Industries
Favorite Tracks: “Control”, “Night Train”, “Spinning”, “Century Deprivation”, “Drop of a Pin” and “All You”
For Fans Of: Karp, The Jesus Lizard and Frodus
No Saving Grace – Pitfalls
No Saving Grace offer up 15 minutes of seething hardcore beatdowns on their newest EP, Pitfalls. With metallic rage and stomping breakdowns at their disposal, this Swedish act attempt to batter listeners as much as possible throughout the EP’s six tracks. The songs feature burly guitars that are in no short supply of hardcore groove and palm-muted, chugging rage. The drumming works hand-in-hand with the guitars to provide a pretty seismic punch, while the gruff vocals are the icing on this modern metallic hardcore cake. “Fear of Self” kicks the record off with a stampede of chugging riffage, breakneck d-beat and spin-kick worthy, crushing breakdowns. Tracks such as “Deprecation” and “Contemplating Emptiness” employ steady, hammering hardcore chords that relentlessly bash the listeners until galloping, muscular grooves come in to finish them off. Then there are cuts like the title track, which features one ignorantly heavy beatdown after the next. No Saving Grace do not do much to distance themselves from the pack on Pitfalls, and sometimes the EP can be a bit one-note. But listeners looking for a proper beating will be totally satiated by this delightfully pissed off release.
Release Date: January 15, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Fear of Self” and “Willpower”
For Fans Of: Judiciary, Bent Life, Queensway and Madball