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In Battle: Live MMXIX cassette

In Battle: Live MMXIX cassette


Tags: · 20s · hcpmf · punk-metal · richmond
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self-released
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$4.00

RVA Sacrilege-style punk-metal.  Soundboard recording of a live show, Dec. 20, 2019. No edits or overdubs. Recorded by Jordan Greenough.

Our take: Richmond’s In Battle has been gigging around Virginia for several years without recording anything in the studio. I guess that, since the pandemic wasn’t making that situation any easier, they put out this live soundboard recording. I’m glad they did, because this thing smokes. In Battle features a couple of folks from Destruct, Firing Squad, and the vocalist for Sorry State’s own Blackball, but playing a style akin to UK metallic crust bands like Sacrilege and Axegrinder. The riffs are killer—In Battle has a particular way with metallic, mid-paced stuff—and the long, very musical guitar leads have a strong Chelsea vibe. Every once in a while the vocals drop by to deliver some extra brutality. Don’t let the “live” aspect scare you either… the recording is thick and powerful and the band’s performance is great. Hopefully one day In Battle makes a studio recording that renders this obsolete, but in the meantime this tape hardly feels like a compromise.