Los Angeles metallic hardcore outfit Benoit (Colombian Necktie, Black Sheep Wall, Wuss) are poised to release their debut full-length record, Master, on August 10. Volatile, aggressive, and full of groove and grit, Master is pulverizing hardcore record and a promising debut for these Californians. In anticipation of its release, we at Svbterranean bring you a taste of what is the come in the form of the album’s eighth track, “Chains”. This quick, 75-second burst of thrashing riffs lies somewhere between Turmoil and Ringworm and will surely leave bruises. Vocalist Dan Anderson said the following of the song’s lyrical content:
“From Benoit’s inception, I have always been fascinated with the imagery and stories that fill the bible and how blindly people will allow these age-old religions to guide their lives. It’s not to say that having faith in something greater than yourself is wrong in any way, but its apparent in our culture that so many people will use these teachings as the backbone of their lives. Its troubling to see that so much of our worlds disagreements and strife have some sort of religious ideal behind it. “Chains” is more or less a proclamation that we should all lift the veil of what ever sort of religious or philosophical differences that exist and to recognize our own humanity. Tying back to the title of our album, “Master”, the theme of the lyrics is focusing on who or what has control of our lives, and admits that sometimes the desire for control may be out of reach.”
Guitarist Graham Gilmore speaks on the music itself:
“This track is no-frills and bottom heavy, with more of a groove. it bridges the gap between the old and new styles of the band. We all had that middle riff stuck in our heads since originally jamming the song years ago.”
Check out the track below and pre-order the record here.
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Record Release Show: w/ Seizures, Plagues, Whelm on Sunday, August 12 at The BLVD in Los Angeles.