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Axe Rash: Contemporary Ass 7"

Axe Rash: Contemporary Ass 7"


Tags: · 20s · hardcore · hcpmf · sweden · swedish
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NOT FOR THE WEAK is proud to be handling the North American pressing of this nuclear assault from Sweden’s powerhouse, AXE RASH. Following their 2019 Self-Titled LP, the band continues to enthrone their implacable sound, capsulated this time around in seven inches of merciless fire. “Contemporary Ass” is suffused with intricate, catchy, and powerful playing with vocals that spew out a beautiful array of vigorous disgust. For those familiar with the band's previous output, the Scandinavian inspired Totalitär sound will come as no surprise. Those who haven't had the pleasure, strap in and prepare yourself for a true ass kicking.


Our take: We last heard from Sweden’s Axe Rash when they released their self-titled 12” on Adult Crash Records back in 2019, and now they’re back with a new one, this time with a very fitting US home on Not for the Weak Records. Axe Rash is tailor-made to be labelmates with groups like Lethal Means, Reckoning Force, and Crucial Response, their sound splitting the difference between propulsive Swedish mangel and bruising US-style hardcore. It’s also wrapped up in some explosive, clear, and heavy production that’s on par with the other NFTW releases. While Axe Rash’s sound is straightforward, there are all kinds of wrinkles, like the blanket of subtle guitar leads draped over “Gig Life” and rocked-out mosh of “False Pictures.” Axe Rash’s vocalist is also a standout, their demon growl simultaneously catchy and scary, reminding me a little of Marissa from Mutant Strain. If you like your hardcore big, angry, and bursting with energy, don’t miss this one.