DENY: Wildfire: LP

Nov 20, 2023

I liked hardcore when it was a bunch of inept teenagers trying to play the shortest songs they could. When hardcore started borrowing tactics from metal and became more of an attempt to create well-crafted intensity, it really sort of lost me. Deny are a long-tenured Swedish unit who are very much in that latter, post-1984 hardcore tradition, and spend this album awash in rage, guitar leads, and shredded larynxes. They sound a bit like my Discharge record, with the benefit of four decades of technological enhancement and conceptual refinement putting them over the top. And, while this sort of thing checks no significant amount of boxes for me these days, one really can’t dispute the quality of the band’s sonic fury. A fine album to play at top volume when your crazy neighbor lady is pounding on your door asking if you know what’s wrong with her phone and you’re trying to pretend you can’t hear her. BEST SONG & SONG TITLE: “Politicians on the Payroll.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I originally thought the name of the band was “Wildfire” and the name of the record was Deny until I looked it up online. –Rev. Nørb (Flyktsoda / Cimex)

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