NOTE: Our current stock are all on metallic silver vinyl!
Following up their 2019 Self-Titled EP, RECKONING FORCE delivers their highly anticipated Long Player “BROKEN STATE”. After countless hometown gigs and a few out of town getaways before the global crises of 2020, “RF” took the down time to hone their energy towards these 10 trenchant tracks. While continuing to hold down their early 80s USHC roots, the band's European debts will doubtfully go unnoticed. Wrapping up in under 18 minutes, the record is driven by angry and infectious vocals accompanied by blistering fast and tightly unison guitar and drums. Recorded and Mixed in Norfolk, VA at Studio 239B by Jordan Greenough, and glossed over with a beautiful Master by the King, Will Killingswoth. Each record comes in a standard LP glue pocket with art illustrated by the band’s very own Joey Ilardi.
Our take: A lot of bands make their way by catering to a micro-scene or a clique, but every so often a record appears that tramples all over those quibbling divisions, tapping into deeper, more primal wells of energy and power. The Slant LP Iron Lung released in 2021 was one of those records, and Broken State, the debut 12” from Virginia’s Reckoning Force, strikes me as another. Reckoning Force pulls elements from several corners of hardcore history. I hear some straight edge hardcore in the vocals and build-ups, but most songs are built around quick-fingered riffing from the Totalitär school, and several tracks have catchy, early 80s SoCal punk-style guitar leads (see “Foul Company” and “Last Stand”). I get the impression Reckoning Force isn’t working from anyone else’s template, though, just grabbing whatever tools are most appropriate in their pursuit of total rippage. And boy, does Broken State rip! After a brief ten-second buildup, Reckoning Force slams the gas pedal to the floor and doesn’t let up. Like their fellow Virginians Wasted Time, Reckoning Force’s songs are intricate but not labored over, expertly crafted yet brimming with spontaneous energy, and performed with a jaw-dropping precision that, rather than zapping hardcore’s trademark in-the-moment intensity, ratchets it up to impossibly high levels. If you’re after a pure jolt of energy, I can think of few records that deliver it as effectively as Broken State.