Hacker: Pick A Path 12"

Hacker: Pick A Path 12"


Tags: · 20s · australia · hardcore · hcpmf
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After a sold-out 2019 demo, the hacker group are back stronger than ever with an all new 12" of carefully-crafted, hostile hardcore. These 7 totally unreasonable tracks take the stubborn pulse of the Abused or early Poison Idea with the flair of The Rival Mob or Warthog, and then filter it all through the worldview of The Matrix movies. Technology is dystopia, the future is primitive, but Hacker is here to unleash your most primal urge and show you the mosh is eternal. Featuring lifers from bands like Masstrauma, Ubik, Uglies, Soakie, Infinite Void, Masses, TOL, Starvation, Wasteland, Sick Machine, Crush the Demoniac, Wizz Kids etc. Produced in Naarm, mastered in Amherst, MA and cut and plated in the UK by our friends at Finyl Tweak and Stamper Disc to ensure these 7 knuckle dragging tracks are loud af. Beautifully packaged with an A3 fold out poster insert featuring artwork by the talented Charlie Ickeringill. 
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Our take: Hardcore Victim Records brings us the debut vinyl by this Australian hardcore band. Hacker released a well-received demo a couple of years ago, but that didn’t show up on my radar, so Pick a Path is my introduction. Here at Sorry State we listen to a lot of demos and 7”s from hardcore bands who are just learning to play and/or figuring out who they are, and sometimes bands sound so loose they’re about to fall apart (sometimes this is on purpose; other times not so much). Hacker is like the exact opposite of that. It’s like someone genetically engineered (or a more pertinent analogy might be hacked together) a hardcore band that will prompt crowds to go the fuck off. The sound is massive without being slick or overblown, and the songs see-saw between manic pogo beats and bruising mid-paced parts in a way that’s not so much predictable as inevitable… as Hacker builds to those climaxes you feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up and you know the bodies are about to fly. The precision of the execution and the depth with which they realize these songs makes me think of Warthog, but Hacker has none of Warthog’s subtle rock-isms… this is full-bore meathead shit. If I go to a fest where Hacker is playing, I plan to stand in the back lest I lose any limbs in the melee.