GRAND COLLAPSE: Far from the Callous Ground: LP

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this, a band featuring the progeny of one of the more respected U.K. punk bands of the early ‘80s on vocals and who cite Propagandhi as a major influence. Lo and behold, this translates into astute U.K. hardcore with its abundant metal influence wielded as a potent augmentation to their sound. Echoes of Slayer’s, um, mellower moments come to the fore when they ratchet the tempos down, and the soothing sounds of Broken Bones’ “metalcore” approach when they don’t. Shit’s tight, pissed, and comes off sincere, making this a definite winner.

 –jimmy (1859, 1859records.bandcamp.com)