Old Skin – :consume:

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Old Skin
:consume:

Owing very much to my lack of activity towards the end of last year, I missed the debut release by Mancunian hardcore/metal crew Old Skin, highly anticipated for it containing members of Esoteric Youth and the brilliant Knife Crimes, who we reviewed posthumously after they left the world behind with, for my money, one of the best demonstrations of hardcore of recent years. So Old Skin came with a degree of expectation, but they showed that anyone expecting Knife Crimes mark II on ‘Mære’ that they’re anything but – what this band and that band have in common is an eye for darkness; but Old Skin were open to elements of post-metal, Old English folklore and a slight air of mystery. Whatever your take, Old Skin quickly became a flagbearer for UK hardcore, a scene which is bulging at the seems as it stands. That’s partly what makes the release of ‘:consume:’ such an interesting one.

Anyone following underground hardcore and metal right now, and everyone with an interest in the digital format should take note. For Old Skin have decided this release will only be available from 26/05/2014, up until 01/06/2014. It’s now 29/05/2014, which means there’s only a few days of this left before you properly miss out. And while these two songs don’t open up in the way that ‘Mære’ did, certainly not by way of experimentalism or reflection, it’s still a release worthy of the frenzied hype going around the social networks in a bid to get as many people to check it out before the band take it down forever. ‘Swordcharmer’ starts with a slow build-up, vocalist Michael Ribeiro showing exactly what a beast of a roar he has as the riff coarses and pumps up until 2:23 when it’s very veins explode in a brief crusty shred n’ blast out before dropping back into the main riff. The B-side, if you will, entitled ‘Snakeswallower’, is a more usual affair, albeit a corker, going at the jugular acrest a slight technical lick, before dropping into a mid-paced chug-groove and a satisfying hardcore rodeo to ride out to the finish.

This release will undoubtedly please fans of the genre and anyone into acts like Converge, Integrity, Oathbreaker, etc. who might be looking for something new can’t really do much better than this right now. A full length is planned by the end of the year and the blogosphere is sure to lose theirselves in it all again. One day, we’ll all have old skin, an inevitability, but we could all do with Old Skin in our lives, and the time is now to consume ‘:consume:’, or to watch it disappear forever. Time is ticking.

Peter Clegg

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 Preview – Saturday

Welcome back to our comprehensive preview of ‘Kin Hell Fest 2014. If Friday’s line-up wasn’t enough for you, Saturday’s bill features no less than 15 bands, ranging from the fastest to the slowest, and indeed spanning the modern era of extremity to its very origins. There should be something for you all here. Doors at 12pm Saturday, first band at 1pm. Go!

Esoteric Youth – 13:00-13:25

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Describing themselves as ‘the most evil band out of Manchester since Oasis’, this blackened hardcore crew who have been making inroads into the fulcrum of the UK scene since emerging with their demo in 2012 – their bleak crusty diatribes should prove a wake-up slap in the chops for anyone still recovering from Friday’s madness.

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Gets Worse – 13:40-14:05

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Another local act, these guys were named in our top 10 short releases for 2013 with ‘Negative’. They have no time for false grinders, pit violence, and indeed as Manowar, and a cracking Scottish blog might say, ‘wimps and posers, leave the hall’!

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Wizard’s Beard – 14:20-14:50

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Smashing stoner/sludge metallers in the vein of Iron Monkey, Weedeater, etc. who continue to raise the bar in what is deemed ‘heavy’. Blogs and zines have raved about their records ‘Pure Filth’ and ‘Four Tired Undertakers’, so buckle up and get your grooves on. This is about to get heeeeeavy.

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Noise Complaint – 15:05-15:30

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Cosmopolitan crossover thrashers Noise Complaint are rooted firmly in the UK, bringing together members from the USA, Italy and Brazil. Speed is the name of the game here and you’d be well urged to keep up. These guys are nuts.

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Monolithian – 15:45-16:15

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This Falmouth duo are creating welcome noise in the UK scene for their bleak and heavy jams that outgun and rise above more populous doom bands. Released a cracking split with hardcore crew Let It Die last year.

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Arkham Witch – 16:30-17:00

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Keighley-based traditional heavy/doom metallers with anthems of Lovecraftian horror, upholding metal values, mythology and famous comic books characters among others. Cracking retro worship.

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Acrania – 17:15-17:45

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Brutally pounding death metal from London featuring members of Pathology and Bloodshot Dawn. Brace yourselves – circle pits are coming!

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Jesus Cröst – 18:00-18:30

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Word is this is going to be the last show ever from the Dutch two-piece, who’ve been ploughing out good-time speedy grind for over 15 years now. With that in mind, let’s give them the ravenous send off they deserve.

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Grave Miasma – 18:50-19:25

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Fantastic old-school death metal crew from London who released the future underground classic ‘Odori Sepulcrorum’ in 2013. Being hailed as one of the flagbearers of the old-school renaissance of the genre by many leading blogs and zines, it’s time to fall under their spell.

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Deviated Instinct – 19:40-20:15

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For me, personally, these guys are going to be completely unmissable. Legendary 80’s crust-punks who reactivated in 2007 and put out their first record in 21 years with 2012’s ‘Liberty Crawls to the Sanctuary of Slaves’. This year marks 30 years since their inception, one of the true pioneers of the scene, and fans new and old can expect a raucous and furious show. Expect the pit to go truly nuts at this point.

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Hawk Eyes – 20:30-21:10

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Mad scientists of rock who incorporate elements of punk, hardcore, electronic and all manner of experimentalism to their sound, bothering mainstream rags and trendies as well as accumulating a rabid following. Hometown show for this lot, guaranteed to be packed out.

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Khuda – 21:25-22:05

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They’re back! Following their decision to disband early in 2013, Leeds’ post-rockers Khuda have reformed to record a new album and to play KHF, in doing so returning to the festival where they stole the show according to our occasional scribe Mike who witnessed them back in 2011. A truly awesome experience to watch and a swerve in direction from the madness that precedes it.

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Anaal Nathrakh – 22:25-23:30

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The reigning overlords of British extreme metal arrive in Leeds as Saturday headliners and ready to lay waste to the Vox Warehouse.

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Birdflesh – 23:50-00:25

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One of the most crackers bands to ever raise hell in grind, Swedish trio Birdflesh bring hell to town in a UK exclusive performance. Expect wild costume, bonkers antics and some classic grindcore from the scene freaks.

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The Day Man Lost – 00:40-01:00

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Preston grinders The Day Man Lost reformed to play the festival last year and emerged as one of its highlights. These guys are brutal, easily one of the most essential UK grind bands on the scene, and will provide a perfectly crazy end to the Saturday with short sharp blasts of purified rage.

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 Preview: Friday

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Welcome one and all to We Must Obey’s annual preview of this coming weekend’s ‘Kin Hell Fest. As those who’ve previously read our preview before, the drill is as such: we run the gamut of every band playing this festival, summing them up in a few words with images and links to their sites where you can follow them or check out some of their music.

This year, ‘Kin Hell Fest is bigger and better than ever. Being held in the 1400-capacity Vox Warehouse in Leeds, the festival has attracted the biggest names so far since the fest was founded in 2011. We are very proud to be supporting this festival again as we did in 2011 and in 2013, and together we will all make this a festival worth remembering. So without further ado, let’s get down to previewing Friday’s action.

Death Tripper – 14:00-14:25

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Cracking young hardcore/d-beat/grind crew who first came to our attention here when they released a split with Nottingham vegan PV chums Meatpacker. A great way to kick off proceedings.

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Ephemeral Foetus – 14:40-15:05

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This Derby-based lot are a cracking band, mixing d-beat crust/thrash/punk riffs with raging societal intensity and aggression. They recently released a split with fellow Derby crusties Piss on Authority (‘Fallacy’), and if those three tracks are anything to go by, they be as relentless in their performance here as they show ‘Relentless Contempt for Man’.

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Pist – 15:20-15:45

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Super riff worship featuring a wealth of experience from the Mancunian scene. Pist will step up early on the Friday slinging tracks from their recent released debut ‘Riffology’. Heavy rock ‘n’ roll to raise a glass/plastic cup to.

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Necro Deathmort – 16:00-16:30

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London based duo Necro Deathmort are certainly one of the most intriguing additions to the line-up, bringing with them electro beats fused with doom vibes and industrial machinations. With a slew of releases behind them, their appearance here will herald a monolithic vibe; expect them to stand out.

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Iniquitous Savagery – 16:45-17:15

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Scottish brutal death metal merchants who will soon be releasing their debut album, and will arrive here to pummel your brains in with ridiculous riffs and carnivorous screams aplenty.

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Haar – 17:30-18:00

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In Edinburgh, a ‘haar’ is a dense chilly fog that blows in from the North Sea when the wind is in the east. Cheers Lonely Planet! It’s also home to an excellent progressive black metal band of the same name, producing music as murky and challenging as the conditions out at sea.

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Evisorax – 18:15-18:40

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Wigan grindcore berzerkers who have the backing of Scott Hull and J Randall of Agoraphobic Nosebleed fame – the former mastered their 2011 album ‘Isle of Dogs’ and the latter released it through his Grindcore Karaoke label. Their shows are known for being highly charged and confrontational, which is just fine with us.

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Undersmile – 18:55-19:30

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A rich, diverse, and quintessentially heavy doom band from Oxford, coming with the backing of Dylan Carlson (Earth) and Henry Rollins. High praise indeed. Ranging from titantically heavy to marvellously serene.

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Ingested – 19:45-20:20

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The headliners of the first edition of KHF are back! Expect huge slam pits for this lot who in 2013 stepped up their game with their brilliant LP ‘The Sorreption’.

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Pentagram Chile – 20:40-21:20

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Pentagram’s story from being one of the forerunners of extreme metal to releasing their debut album 28 years later still seems unreal. Yet Anton Reisenegger managed to pull it off after all that time and delivered the goods for the lost years of never making it happen. They’re about to land in town so prepare to get your heads banging away in appreciation of a band that Reisenegger refused to allow to die.

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Napalm Death – 21:40-22:45

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Do these guys really need an introduction? Oh go on then. The granddaddies of grindcore, Napalm Death have in their thirty years as a band redefined extreme music, taking down fascists, racists, policitians, warmongers, hypocrites, societal injustice, famine and more with their diatribes. Often imitated, never bettered, it’s truly a coup and a cause to celebrate that they are greeting this festival with their presence. If there’s a band this weekend you must not miss, it has to be Napalm Death.

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Famine – 23:05-23:30
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Local merchants of hardcore/powerviolence/crossover style animosity, they emerged last year with our top-10 rated EP ‘A Hand of Sore Thumbs’ and are another of the highly rated reasons for you to ensure you turn up early on Saturday for the full attack. Shouting along to the chorus of ‘Sold Bowels (Saved Owls)’ should prove to be a weekend highlight, as will jumping in the pit for these.

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Lock Up – 23:50-00:50

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Closing out the Friday night will be an appearance by deathgrind supergroup Lock Up. Joining Shane Embury, fresh from performing with Napalm Death, will be the dream team of Tomas Lindberg, Nick Barker and Anton Reisenegger (also fresh from his Pentagram slot). This is the ONLY place you will see Lock Up in the UK this year. Make sure you don’t miss it!

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‘Kin Hell Fest 2014 – Napalm Death announced as headliners!

+ Pentagram (Chile), Lock-Up and more announced; day splits confirmed!

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In what is undoubtedly one of the biggest coups for the festival since its inception in 2011, ‘KHF have confirmed a triple signing of epic proportions! The biggest news is that Birmingham’s legendary and defining grindcore act, Napalm Death, will be headlining the first night of the festival on Friday May 2nd in what will surely be a performance not to be missed! And in a further scoop, the festival has also confirmed the presence of one of the pioneers of extreme metal, Pentagram Chile! Resurging following the release of ‘The Malefice’, their debut album which was twenty-eight years in the making, they will also be taking the stage on the Friday night in what is likely to be a rare, if not a one-off, opportunity to see one of the trailblazers for extreme metal as it was to become.

As if that wasn’t enough, it was confirmed late this past Friday night that the festival had also signed deathgrind supergroup Lock Up to perform alongside those two bands on the Friday night. Furthermore, all three of those bands have been confirmed as UK festival exclusives. What an explosive night of extreme metal that promises to be.

Another three bands have also been announced, including the return of one man tech-death machine Regurgitate Life, blackened crust/d-beat Mancunians Esoteric Youth and rising brutal death metallers Unfathomable Ruination. They join a line up that also includes headliners Anaal Nathrakh, Swedish grind freaks Birdflesh (UK exclusive), US death metallers Malignancy, Wodensthrone, Desecration, Hawk Eyes, Khuda, Deviated Instinct and many, many more.

It’s not all good news – two of the fest’s heavy hitters, Liverpudlian doomers Conan and German pounders Pighead have both had to pull out for various reasons. The festival however, is looking as splendid as ever, with its biggest hitting line-up in history. One more headliner is still to be announced with a further four bands to be announced very soon.

With the festival approaching in 3 1/2 months, the organisers have now confirmed the day splits for this year’s festivities. These are as follows:

Friday (1400-0100 hrs): NAPALM DEATH, Lock Up, Pentagram Chile, band tba, band tba, Ingested, Evisorax, Haar, Iniquitous Savagery, Necro Deathmort, band TBA, Ephemeral Foetus, Death Tripper

Saturday (1230-0100 hrs): ANAAL NATHRAKH, Birdflesh, Hawk Eyes, Khuda, Deviated Instinct, Jesus Crost, band TBA, Acrania, Monolithian, Amulet, Noise Complaint, Gets Worse, Wizard’s Beard, Famine, Esoteric Youth, The Day Man Lost

Sunday (1230-2300 hrs): Headliner TBA; Desecration, Wodensthrone, Malignancy, Crepitation, Holocausto Canibal, Conquest of Steel, Unfathomable Ruination, Basement Torture Killings, Palm Reader, Regurgitate Life, Rot In Hell, Shields

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In further news, the line-up for the ‘KHF pre-show is now complete, with an equally awesome line-up comprising of KHF faves of old and further fresh meat serving up the party. Past festival acts The Afternoon Gentlemen, Palehorse and Foetal Juice currently sub-headline an incredible prelude to the main festival, now renamed the ‘Yorkshire Riffer‘, which also includes Bongcauldron, Scordatura, Gods of Hellfire, Ninkharsag, Black Skies Burn, Bludger, Rectal Implosion, No Fucks Given, Sathanel, and Cattle. They’ve just to confirm the headliner for this event, which will surely be a stonker if these latest announcements are anything to go by.

Tickets are still available for both the main festival, taking place on the weekend of Friday May 2nd-Sunday May 4th, and the pre-show, happening the week before on Saturday April 26th. They can be obtained via the official ‘Kin Hell Fest site. And for all the latest announcements, news, updates, and other jollies, head over to the official ‘Kin Hell Fest Facebook page, and also here, via their Twitter feed.

Peter Clegg

Doom – Corrupt Fucking System

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Corrupt Fucking System
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Long-time agitators of the political and religious elite, UK crust-punk legends Doom celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, having regrouped for their third stint together as a band in 2010. Showing no sign of either slowing down or losing any of their ire, the band have surprised (pleasantly or horridly, depending on your viewpoint) everyone by releasing their eighth studio album towards the tail end of 2013. Uncompromisingly labelled ‘Corrupt Fucking System’, it sees the line-up of Bri Doom (guitar) Denis (vocals), Stick (drums) and Scoot (bass) together to unleash fourteen tracks of ripping crust that rankle and rile the higher classes, the power abusers and hypocrisy in all its forms.
 
Having not recorded a full length since 2001’s ‘World of Shit’, in which time since their lead singer Wayne Southworth died from an epileptic seizure, its great to see that despite aging a bit, and dabbling in all manner of various projects fast or slow, Doom are still flailing and rallying against the system as much as they did in the 80’s and 90’s. The Vatican and religion in general get a big rocket sent their way on the two part opening ‘Stripped, Whipped and Crucified’ and the spoken word diatribe of ‘Prey For Their Souls’. Then there’s the highly charged and barbed ‘Yes, They Still Test on Dogs’ and ‘Eat, Shit and Buy’, the latter of which features the best use of a Wonga advert I’ve ever heard; the Greek Nazi baiting ‘Final Hour (Golden Shower)’, and going right through to the closing ‘Cults of Human Sacrifice’, to which the band throw down a thunderous, ominous beat out one more time behind the sound of Sam Harris from ‘The God Debate II: Harris vs Craig‘. The noise is a terrifying sound in the context of music and one which will make you sit up and take note.

Clearly nothing much has changed since they formed, the band still pissed at our government, religion, racists, and capitalist scum, and the quality of the output hasn’t changed. Bri Doom does a fantastic job producing this album – it sounds perfectly mixed for 21st century Doom, whether addressing Thatcherites, fascists, consumerism, or the whole system, Put simply, it’s a coup d’etat from the legends of the scene, coming from seemingly nowhere to assume the crown they never really lost, from the scores of bands they’ve influenced, and without question displaying the anger and insurrection that few other bands possess.

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Weekend Nachos – Still

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Still
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If there’s one thing guaranteed about Weekend Nachos it’s that, aside from having one of the most awesome band names ever, they don’t muck about, an ethos that beginning barely as ‘Sickened No More’ opens up their fourth album, and their debut for Relapse. There’s not an awful lot of change to be found here, which when you’re Weekend Nachos isn’t a bad thing – when you’ve come to expect their furious intensity you’d expect nothing less. But the sludgier sections we’ve heard from them in the past aren’t often present here, with a bit more leaning towards old-school hardcore and crust-punk in their sound than previously granted. Case in point: ‘S.C.A.B.’, where vocalist John Hoffman bellows ‘Did you experience greed and brutality/or did you read about it out of a lyric sheet?’, calling out bands writing about police brutality without knowing or experiencing a thing about it. Or the title track which undeniably lends itself to crossover appeal, like Suicidal Tendencies and Poison Idea getting together and birthing a party monster. Not to say they’ve dispensed with the slow trudge, as they slow down to a crawl on tracks such as ‘Watch You Suffer’ and Ignore’, albeit more briefly than on previous releases. The main thing here is that whatever they’re going for they land their punches with frequent accuracy, whether it’s the bodyslamming riff in ‘No Idols No Heroes’, the care-free nature of ‘Late Night Walks’, and the confrontational ‘Yes Way’, where Hoffman challenges ‘Fight me/with what you’ve got’ and later promising ‘I will kill you‘. Crikey.

Clearly some people have a problem with the macho lyrics on display here, and I’ve noticed some flame for Weekend Nachos from people who have nothing better to do than scold. If you don’t like it, why are you paying attention? This is a band who’ve been around a fair bit and you should know what to expect. Fact is, Weekend Nachos clearly couldn’t give a hoot who they offend and who they rub up the wrong way, and ‘Still’ continues this trend in excellent form – I’d vouch this is a slight step up from their previous album ‘Worthless’, though not massively different, but for at least mixing things up while retaining their usual urgency and spit and not compromising it for one second.

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All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature

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All Pigs Must Die
Nothing Violates This Nature
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This trend of monkeying around with Entombed riffs has reached saturation point, hasn’t it? All manners of bands getting signed up and making a living off the Stockholm legends who’ve proved so influential, I’ve even seen their named given a –core suffix. JEEZUS CRUST! It’s led me to yawn when a new band comes up with any mix of the words ‘hardcore’ ‘crust’ ‘metal’ and yes, ‘Entombed’ within the same spiel about their noise. That most have these have come from Southern Lord is partly coincidence, though their marketing strategy sure has changed from the label that used to bow simply to the slow riff. And that’s not to belittle those bands coming through, most of whom make a righteous racket, but the symptoms of staid are already seeping through the loins of this movement, and like thrash 2.0, NWOAHM, emo, nu-metal, grunge, thrash 1.0, and any other trend driven movement, the premise is simple – evolve, stand out, or die.

Not that this has ever been a concern to All Pigs Must Die – consisting of Converge’s Ben Koller, The Hope Conspiracy’s Kevin Baker, and Adam Wentworth and Matt Woods of Bloodhorse can be fully relied upon to deliver the goods and boy, have they delivered a supreme package again. If ‘God is War’ was a statement of intent, ‘Nothing Violates This Nature’ is an execution of action, a roaring wave of encrusted hardcore that intimidates and rags you about like an impatient dog with a bone. It supremely careers along with tracks such as ‘Chaos Arise’ and ‘Primitive Fear’, before slamming the brakes on with sludge-tinged ‘Of Suffering’, with chords ringing out eerily among the caustic yells from Baker. This provides the only ‘lull’ in terms of speed – it certainly can’t be labelled tardy – and soon APMD are back on rickety railroad, with no brakes and a flagrant disregard for safety. ‘Faith Eater’ is a particularly savage cut as the album thunders towards the finish.
 
I think its safe to say that APMD long superseded the tag of ‘supergroup’ – a millstone if there ever was one – and their credentials are as strong as the very best the current scene has to offer. ‘Nothing Violates This Nature’ is nothing short of essential listening, a thirty-three minute application of the band’s collective nous and sheer force. Rarely has an opening song (‘Chaos Arise’) felt so appropriate for what’s about to happen, and it delivers in that department in spades, opening up slightly more to the band’s metal leanings to refine rather than dilute their original clatter. True, it doesn’t quite rid itself of all the comparisons to that band, but they stand above, and on top of a giant pedestal too, in a scene increasing filling with clones. So relax, enjoy, and go bananas.

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