KIDNAPPED: Collected Works 2017-2019: LP

May 28, 2020

Powerviolence and its cornucopia of assorted relatives have always been of those “little goes a long way” things for me—too much and it quickly becomes an assaultive din and I’m quickly heading for the nearest door. This collection of Kidnapped’s works is very much along the same lines: it’s a bit of a slog taken as a whole, but quite effective in smaller doses. The band flails and pinballs from one tempo and/or song to the next, usually in under half a minute, alternating between howling virulence and sweating rage. Like most of their peers, it ain’t for everyone, but they do what they do quite effectively. –Jimmy Alvarado (Redscroll)