CLOWNS: Bad Blood: CD/LP

A friend of mine picked this up for me at this year’s Rebellion and having played it many times, I’m gutted that I missed out on seeing these Aussies whilst they were in the U.K. during the summer. For the main part, it’s high-paced, catchy hardcore—a bit like Kid Dynamite with some metal flourishes thrown in for good measure. The opening track gestates into a whirlwind of guitars, drums, and throat-shredding vocals, and this generally remains the modus operandi throughout until reaching the fourteenth and final track. Here things take a darker turn, as “Human Terror” displays a more measured delivery for over eight minutes, then another maelstrom is unleashed before it winds down to a close. –Rich Cocksedge (Poison City, poisoncityrecords.com, [email protected])