Japanese hardcore act Friendship unleashed one of the meanest albums of 2017 today and if you’re not into it, you’re wrong. Lane reviewed the album a while back, but the time has come for you to make up your own mind. You can stream the album in the widget below. Man, this thing crushes. Enjoy and be sure to pick up the album on your preferred format today! Continue Reading
Japan’s enigmatic Friendship deliver 25 minutes of uncompromising sonic hostility on their aptly named full-length debut, Hatred.
The mysterious Tokyo act turned a few heads stateside earlier this year with the reissue of their previously self-released I&II EPs. This two-part release featured a rampaging, antagonistic sound that was a fiery collision between hardcore, grind and powerviolence, with a bit of industrial grit and antisocial noise added for good measure. While Friendship traversed familiar waters on these releases, and frankly still do, the sheer ferocity and sonic power of their music leaves a lot of their contemporaries in the dust.
Hatred picks up where I&II left off stylistically (and features two rerecorded songs for that matter), but the amount of tortuous heaviness is increased to unfathomable levels, making its predecessor seem like easy listening in comparison.
Mysterious Japanese hardcore/powerviolence outfit Friendship have announced the vinyl release of their debut full-length, Hatred. The 25-minute LP was originally released in Japan back in June via Daymare Recordings, but will be given the vinyl treatment by Southern Lord on October 20. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with streams of the tracks “Tortures” and “Life Sentence”.
The band’s previously-released, head-turning I&II EPs can be streamed here.