Swan Song – Coming Up Short 7″


UKHC scene is fucking booming at the moment, there are shitloads of hands down amazing bands and the more i hear, the more i seem to find. London’s LBU (and related)-bands  were always something to me that i really enjoyed. Today things are going full on forward and vibrant all over UK, as new bands seem to come up all the time and it’s not just London bands who are putting out quality stuff constantly. Sidetracked, it’s my every time fault with writing, but fuck it. I’ve really enjoyed seeing and hearing from bands like The Flex, Violent Reaction, XRepentanceX, Unholy Majesty, Day Of Rights and more (these few bands are merely a scratch on the surface), there’s really a lot of really diverse and interesting hardcore happening at UK at the moment and i’m pretty stoked about that. 

One of the newer bands i came across lately, found out to be a new band featuring Honor Amongst Thieves frontman Sheep, who i met first time back in 2006 or 2007 (if memory serves right) back in Sweden at Deadfest (annual hardcore festival in Link√∂ping). Knowing that he knows what is good hardcore, i checked out his new band Swan Song and was very pleased of how they sounded and the key word here is – heavy. They site their influences as Dark Throne, Kickback and Merauder for this band and i can definitely hear them all in there. Usually if someone is playing hardcore influenced by Kickback (and knows anything about anything, regarding hardcore), it can’t go wrong and Swan Song are definitley doing their shit properly. This four song title features churning, heavy riffing with Sheep’s intense screaming, it’s quite a lot different than you might remember him singin in HAT, but the whole game is different here. Deceit kicks off the 7″ titled Coming Up Short and it’s all on brutal and unforgiving, while the influences they sited, i hear bands like Indecision there too riff wise, but they do have very French touch on this one. Consecration follows up with pummeling riffing and chants of desecration, with little of that black metal-esque sound in there too combined into heavy as fuck breakdown. Two other tracks, Control and Dissolution are crafted in similar vein, it’s all quality heavy hardcore for those who enjoy really hard stuff. I’m really stoked about this record, it’s great to hear Sheep doing a new band and the fact that UK is putting out so much amazing stuff is just great! I’m very interested to hear recommendations what i would need to check out!  

You can buy the 7″ & some sweet shirts here; Swan Song -Bigcartel

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The Sickness Of Eden

As i mentioned in last post (Steel Nation interview) that XRepentanceX almost single handedly revived the 90’s vsxe mosh into it’s glory days, i have to remind that they are not indeed all alone as a new flagbearers of the style. There is solid as fuck bands all over Europe and my favourites are Incitement from Poland and Decadence from Spain, all these three bands are so fucking good and you’ll be hearing more about them soon. XRepentanceX again, struck me hard with their demo tape / 7″, In Violation Of Asa and ever since i’ve been looking for a copy of it, still no luck on that front. I wasn’t first even familiar that they feature couple members from now defunt (?) metallic hardcore band Wayfarer, that was pretty good one. XRepentanceX’s formula of metallic hardcore fuses together Earth Crisis, Day Of Suffering, Liar, Arkangel and Slayer is sounding awesome and this kind of ’90’s influenced stuff can’t really go wrong in my books. Of course they are vegan straight edge band and it’s cool, as a long-time man of edge myself too, i can always dig that. I still have to address, that whatever your stance is on drinking / drugs or consuming of animals, you should give a listen to this, since this stuff is well thousand times better than most of the crap that nowdays is called metalcore. XRepentanceX are dead right on the tracks, when talking of real metalcore (ref. the original metallic hardcore that bands were called in early/mid 90’s) like IntegrityAll Out War, Earth Crisis, Merauder and such, these guys also have strong influences from H8000 -styled metal tingled hardcore. I was really looking forward on their first LP, The Sickness Of Eden and it was well worth wait, Carry The Weight Records aint’ no joke, when it comes to UK hardcore labels, if they don’t ring a bell, you should definitely correct that right away, as most of their releases are streaming free at their bandcamp.

The Sickness Of Eden is well crafted entity, it’s just like classic 90’s vegan straight edge album all the way from the artwork, to the music and that’s just fucking sweet. I mean, they aren’t stuck in the past by just emulating bands whom which they have drawn influences from. Artwork fits like a glove and it’s done by friend of the band, Swedish dude called Staffan (he also plays in Sectarian Violence with members of XRepentanceX and Coke Bust), who’s been doing shirt designs and such for them for a while now.  On the LP there’s slightly less of traditional vsxe chugga compared to the demo and a deadly dosage of more Slayer in it, pure rawness is imminent throughout the whole record, just give a listen to Dominion’s End or the first track, Through Eyes Unclouded, you might just get blown away. There is no fillers on this LP, it’s all solid from start to finish, there’s nice variety on the songs from shorter, faster and vicious to slower and tense, even melodic parts, that before you realize it, throw you back into the spinkick heaven, it’s all fucking great stuff! You’ll even get a instrumental breather with Culpable Genocide and it’s opposite force as The Price Of Progression, violently quickly starting tune, thats starts to build up quickly in to astounding heaviness. Lyrically there is a strong theme (as this kinda bands well often do, of course) about humanity’s demise and the mistakes it has made to itself and that’s well true though and can provoke some thinking to be done with veganism and animal liberation issues. Hardcore has always been a venue where issues should be brought to light and take a stand about them. It’s about saying and facing hard things and by hard i don’t mean “acting hard”, but heavy, alerting, un-noticed and difficult things, not every band needs to have the message, but with this music most do and they often have real things to say. I’ve always, ever since i found this scene concidered those who really have committed our lives to it, to be real people from all walks of life, who can and will say what to think about things and raise issues that need to be talked about, XRepentanceX walk that walk and talk well straight. Whenever you just want to mosh your eyes out or chant along; “vegan straight edge” or do both and even more, XRepentanceX need to be notified, this band fucking rules and is the best out of it’s style that i have heard in years and years, UK and the whole Europe are stepping up hard these days with excellent bands popping up all the time. Watch out for UK sxe as with XRepentanceX i’ve eyed at least; The Flex, Violent Reaction, Day Of Rights and Digress, that’ll be making waves in the hardcore scene.


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