There’s been loads of fantastic albums release this year – but what about albums you’ve heard and discovered this year that weren’t released this year? Well, here are 6 of the best that have battered my eardrums over the last 12 months.
As the squealing, drawled feedback of opener A Good Idea Realised begins to bleed through, you can almost imagine the Baby G lot straining at their chains, aching to be free. The blood-frothing punk charge hits with the force of a truck; riffs are tearing and utterly demented, whilst the vocals are harsh hair-ripping, teeth-gnashing soundbites of frustration and madness..
Honningbarna (Honey Kids) are an unrelenting, turbo-charged organ of pure energy. Similar to fellow kinsmen Kvelertak, they sing in their native tongue and not once does it hamper the enjoyment and sheer brilliance of Verden Er Enkel (The World Is Simple). From the bite of the discordant, Refused-aping opener of Dodtid (Downtime) to the scrappy punk rock adrenalin punch of Gi Oss Kick (Give Us A Kick), Verden Er Enkel a rapid-fire assault to the senses.
Almost every review of Love Triangles, Hate Squares by The Computers has probably started off pointing out the differences between this and their debut, This Is The Computers. It’s glaringly obvious mind you, so there does seem reason to mention it. Gone are the screams, almost whittled away to nothing. Gone is the frantic shredding, with the hardcore-punk tendencies thrown from the train. Instead, hello soul – hello 60s organ-sounds – hello rock ‘n roll – hello Chuck Berry!
Hertfordshire-based Every Time I Die-loving, popular beat-combo Arms And The Man have gone and recorded a video! Blood Junkie depicts a little girl traveling to the band’s show and commencing to have a one-man (girl) mosh pit – all flailing limbs, swinging hair and seems to be copying every move made my madcap frontman, Ben Davies.