No Form: S/T 12"

Muscle Horse Records

$16.00

A boundary-pushing record from the North of England. Bathing in the murk, devoid of light, it invokes a dark atmosphere that has little to do with any gothic plod or metal pose. This is punk, as antagonistic and cleansing as it ever can be. NO FORM's notorious live power is finally captured on this, their first record, with four shorter pulsating numbers on Side A and one long jam on Side B that approaches the outer limits. Shrill, disconcerting guitar leads and tormented vocals slither over an affirmative pummel that exists at the meeting point between outlier hardcore punk - SIEGE/UNITED MUTATION/GISM - and post-punk/proto-industrial at its most confrontational - SPK/CABARET VOLTAIRE/GOOD MISSIONARIES. Deceptively catchy thrashing coexists with sinister, siren-call sax that evokes THROBBING GRISTLE. This is music for the perennially despondent. Music for the subconscious, not the fashion conscious. This is music that could have been the soundtrack to the Blood Garden in JG Ballard's 'High Rise'. This is music as life ritual, to be listened to by all or none. 518 copies, a split release w the band's label.

Our take: Debut 12" from this band from the north of England, and man is it a mind-melter. No Form play a loose, noisy, heavy, yet almost jammy style of hardcore that I could imagine being perfectly at home on a label like Iron Lung. They're actually not too different from their similarly-named countrymen in the Lowest Form, but without the more straightforward d-beat type elements that are a big part of that band. Instead, No Form concentrate on the more psychedelic, noise rock-influenced end of the sound. As a really short album with quite long songs, it's kind of a strange listen... while a lot of bands that mine similar territory can come off as plodding or even downright boring, this No Form 12" is the perfect dose of this sound for me. If you like your hardcore dense, layered, and slightly cerebral this is one you should definitely check out.
Tags: 10s hardcore punk UK