Concealed Blade: S/T 12"

Concealed Blade: S/T 12"


Tags: · 10s · hardcore · recommended · ushc
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All the way from the city of champions, CONCEALED BLADE follow up their massive 2015 demo with thirteen more tracks of the pummeling hardcore punk that those aligned with the Braddock Hit Factory have been churning out for many moons now; keeping the emphasis on quality over commonplace, riffs over a complete lack of riffs, and really just hardcore over horse shit. This 12" platter is evidence that THE BLADE still ain't for the weak and is just as precise and cutting in the execution of their songs as they've ever been. As a sage like man of wisdom probably once bellowed over a lukewarm bottle of Straubs and a half eaten pizza boat at the Rock Room, "YINZ WANTED DA BEST WELL YINZ GOT DA BEST!"

Our take: When I first heard Concealed Blade's demo (later wisely turned into a 7", also on the Beach Impediment label), I felt like they tok several of the basic elements of metallic hardcore--most apparently dive-bombs, fast thrash parts and half-time mosh breaks--and combined them in a way that sounded almost avant-garde. I don't know what it is, but Concealed Blade, despite using the same basic ingredients as so many bands that straight up suck, combine everything in a way that sounds genuinely wild, unhinged, and exciting. It's as if you handed someone eggs, milk, and flour, and instead of baking you a cake they made you an art deco skyscraper. In other words, Concealed Blade's music is utterly different from what you'd expect, but it's also interesting in and of itself and not as a mere curiosity. I can't even begin to isolate or identify what makes Concealed Blade so utterly unique, but kudos to them for doing it. Some of the most genuinely exciting hardcore out there, period. Highly recommended.