HEATHEN REIGN: Self-titled: LP

Pretty killer hardcore that hangs out closer to the metal side of the genre than the punk side, this band really knows what sound they’re going for and they do it well. Sludgy, heavy guitar dominates every song which melds well with a dark and muddy bass to create a serene, atmospheric backdrop for the abrasiveness of the vocals. Their singer treads carefully between screams of utter desperation and rage-filled disdain through abstract and vague lyrics of suicide, anger, and resentment. The songs are very much fueled by bleaker emotion, which is then splattered onto a canvas of controlled, chaotic ambiance. They include a nice amount of well-timed breakdowns and dead air within their songs that add a tinge of introspection and nostalgia. This is a great record to listen to when you’re mega pissed but would rather zone out than think about how fucked up everything is. Also, the record is a beautiful purple-dipped vinyl. 

 –Kayla Greet (Self-released, bradwallacerecording.com)