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.