FUNERAL CHIC: Hatred Swarm: LP

Pretty straight-forward blackened metal with a heavy HC influence in the breakdowns. Kind of reminds me of Young And In The Way but a lot dirtier (my fact-check revealed these folks are also from NC). Lyrics involving bloody hands, burning olive branches, cold wind, and other bleak and kind of uninspired metaphors. The band is more than competent and the songs have enough variation to keep things interesting through both sides. The best song on here is “Hard Wind,” which brings out some moody atmosphere and death-metal tinged grind/crust to the forefront. –Ian Wise (To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com)