Nov 15, 2011

The cover art led me to believe that this was some sort of Kraftwork-esque synth-driven band, and the back cover—a digitally rendered image that looks like a screen shot from some urban warfare video game with Swedish text—threw me for a loop. Not knowing what I was going to get, I put this thing on and was confronted with an onslaught of old school Scandinavian hardcore that starts out going a million miles an hour and doesn’t let up over the course of the record. This thing is absolutely pummeling: heavy riffs and driving drum beats with coarse, shouted vocals. No melody, no pretense. After some research, I found out that the band is members of Totalitär (who also make a great stylistic reference if you’re into them) and Brainbombs, and that the majority of these songs are covers of old Swedish hardcore bands. This thing is spectacular. I don’t know how many made their way into the U.S., but it’s definitely worth the time to track down if you’re even remotely interested in Scandinavian hardcore.

 –Ian Wise (Skrammel,

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