Written by: The Administrator
Hardcore. I don't listen to a whole lot of it these days, but when I do, it inevitably comes from Upstate Records. They routinely drop absolute bangers, and when I'm in the mood to go apeshit whilst having my skull sledgehammered, Upstate's excellent roster always does the deed.
Gloves Off is a prime example of a band that swiftly quenches such moods swiftly and with great violence. Their forthcoming Life...And Everything After is a prime example of how intensely immersive a solid metallic hardcore release can be. Their sound is kinetic as hell, with attention divided fairly equally between pummeling instrumentation and emotive catharsis. They just dropped the second single, and good lord, it's a killer track.
"My Death Was A Banquet" is a pretty dynamic piece, moving between a variety of motifs with a grace one wouldn't necessarily expect from a band with such oomph. Metallic hardcore is rarely this fluid, and despite packing a mighty punch--check that extended breakdown across the back half for a prime knuckledusting--Gloves Off demonstrates a notable tendency to keep it interesting. Rest assured, there is never a dull moment on this track, nor on this EP in general. Any track that can keep me entertained while simultaneously ragdolling my haggard frame is worth celebrating.
After listening to this Gloves Off on repeat all damn day, it's evident that I can highly recommend checking out "My Death Was A Banquet." I similarly recommend checking out Life...And Everything After when it drops in a few short weeks. It's gonna be bloody. Pinky promise.
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