Butcher: Holding Back The Night 12"

Butcher Records


Debut release from this new hardcore band featuring Jack Control (World Burns to Death / Severed Head of State) on vocals. Haven't had a chance to listen to all of it yet, but it sounds like the hardcore you'd expect combined with harsher, almost industrial sounds... think WB2D mixed with L.O.T.I.O.N. or Shi.

Our take: Debut 12" from this new band featuring Jack from World Burns to Death. The release of this record was accompanied by a pretty aggressive advertising campaign saying that this record was basically "redefining hardcore." I don't know about all that, but it is a very good album. I'm not sure who else is in the band aside from Jack, but to my ears this sounds like it's picking up where the last World Burns to Death material left off. While the first few WB2D LPs aren't really records that I return to that often, their last few records (in particular their last 12", The Graveyard of Utopia) really came together super well, crafting more of a riff-based attack than the full-on battering ram style of their earlier releases. Butcher is very much in that same style... the riffs are quite similar to a lot of Forward's more aggressive tracks, and the whole thing is very well-written and extremely catchy. The production is also really interesting... it's super harsh and brittle, kind of reminding me of the tinny sound of old Husker Du records. It sounds very processed and mechanical in a way that is almost post-modern, and while the songwriting is generally strong and interesting it's probably the production that separates it the most from the pack. So yeah, if you're a fan of those later WB2D records or the neo-burning spirits style in general I would definitely give this a listen, as it's forward-thinking and deep in a way that a lot of Japanese-inspired bands aren't.
Tags: 10s crust d-beat hardcore industrial raw recommended

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