VAMPYRE: Hot Ears: CD

Jan 31, 2018

I cannot stop listening to this record. It is just some really great fucking hardcore. It’s got such a good groove but with some cutting dissonance, surprising tempo changes, and super heavy riffs. This is exactly the sort of thing I’ve come to expect from Austin: super urgent and tight but with a raw edge. There are parts on songs like “The Wretched” that remind me of the best parts of early Coalesce—the creatively developed conversation between the lead riffs, the drumming, and the bassline—that you wonder how they got this to fit together in their brains. Excellent vocals; right on the edge of strained. With really compelling, well-crafted songs like “Whispers from the Flue,” this is a record that I regularly sit and listen to, the same way people read a book. It’s the kind of record that you need to pay attention to and that is truly a joy to hear over and over. –Theresa W. (Self-released)

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