Legendary Japanese band Forward return with their first release since 2004’s Burn Down the Corrupt Justice LP. Based in Tokyo, Forward have been mainstays for nearly twenty years, and show no sign of slowing down. War Nuke and Death Sentence introduces a new drummer to the fold, but maintains the furious sound that carved Forward’s place in hardcore punk. Their twin guitar attack allows for some catchy riffs and insane solos, which, when combined with the thundering low end rhythms of their bassist and drummer, creates the ideal backdrop for vocalist Ishiya’s gravel-throated growls. I’ve loved this band for a while, and this release is a great addition to their catalog.
–Paul J. Comeau (Prank, [email protected])