The Pitch: Canadian hardcore band Minors beat your ugly face in with their new album via Holy Roar and Deathwish Records. FFO: All Pigs Must Die, Converge, Femur
What I Like: This the angry s#!t. Minors have a sound so abrasive you could use it to sand down steel. Caustic, unprocessed vocals, dreary production, and wailing feedback all give Abject Bodies a strong 90's DIY vibe, but with just enough focus and polish to make an impact in the modern scene. These guys deliver the same rage fuel as more glossy, polished acts like Code Orange and Vein... just in a more primal package. When united with D-beat, the crunchy distortion and wailing riffs on tracks like "Meanderist" and "Boneyard" recall early Converge albums like When Forever Comes Crashing Down. But differences emerge in the tonal shifts to droney, Helmet/Quicksand-like noisey post-hardcore. And capping off the proceedings are two 6+ minute sludgecore tracks, the latter of which ("Garden Of Dismalism") escalates into some impressively forebearing atmosphere.
Critiques: Nothing major to add or take away on this one; it's pretty airtight. I might have slightly rearranged the tracks to better alternate the fast and the slow, probably would have put "Erode" somewhere in the middle. Beyond that I've got nothing.
The Verdict: Abject Bodies grew on me like a Cancer with each listen. I was already quite down for the fast and hard Convergeisms, but I really came to love the atmospheric, grungy parts as well. This dichotomy not only makes for a more dynamic experience, but also helps Minors stand out from the fray. Definitely worth checking out.
Flight's Fav's: Consumed, Meanderist, Boneyard
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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