Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NEW DINGLEBERRY RELEASES

OAK / INTOTHETIDE - SPLIT LP (Dingleberry) 
Both French bands on this split LP sound like the apocalypse is coming soon. IntoTheTide are slighty post-rock influenced, but their focus is on playing downtuned hardcore in a brutal, heavy and devastating way. Their songs combine influences ranging from the slower elements of Tragedy's neo-crust, the darkness of Isis and the musical force of Uranus. Oak from Strasbourg have a more typical post-rock sound. They write instrumental tunes, that ebb and flow. The guitar-work is the main event of Oak's atmospheric and epic soundscapes. Their side of this split LP features two tunes made with a tight, punchy sound, plenty of variations and an overall gloomy mood. Without doubt, IntoTheTide and Oak play in the first division of dark hardcore. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)

VERBAL RAZORS - S/T LP (Dingleberry)
This nice LP is a true testament to uncompromising thrash-metal and crossover hardcore. If I didn't know it any better, I would think these songs were recorded back in the late 80s. Hailing from Tours, France Verbal Razors ride the divide between the directness of hardcore and the precision of metal. These thirteen tracks recall the classic sound of old bands like Cryptic Slaughter, Crumbsuckers, Nuclear Assault, Ludichrist and Wehrmacht. Things are based on tons of ripping speed metal riffs, frantic guitar-solos, straight pounding drum beats, really potent vocals and catchy sing-alongs. The lyrics are funny full of parodies on the scene. This is an overall great record that will enthuse fans of hardcore and metal alike. (Listen to it here)

WARFUCK - NEANTIFICATION LP (Dingleberry)
The bandname and the cover artwork bring up associations with filthy crust music, but Warfuck from Lyon, France dish up a flawless grindcore massacre. It's unbelievable, that this band plays in a two-piece line up. Even though they only use drums and guitar, the recordings succeed to create a full and energetic sound. You get fifteen merciless cuts of  lightening fast and discordant grindcore that is both original and brutal. The songs are short and to the point, but at the same time they are varied enough to be intersting over the full playtime of a LP. Everything is delivered with precision and technical perfection. Warfuck make an explosive mix of grindcore and some hints of neo-crust that is on par with genre heavyweights Nasum, Magrudergrind and Rotten Sound. (Listen to it here)