Ah…another fine bit of music sent to me from Christopher. Before I get into the sounds, just take a look at the cover art. Black, grey and white, simple yet powerful and there’s a cat on the back. A lot of people think that dogs are punk, but we all know the truth. All Cats Are Beautiful. Anyway, this little gem, instead of being doomy blackened crust, goes the direction of high energy hardcore that would not have been altogether out of place playing with some of the more aggressive hc bands back in the 80s and can easily demolish much of today’s hardcore. The lyrics are less political and more like personal reflections of the hardcore scene and the darker side of emotions. CONCRETE STEPS gives props to the bands that write and play because they love it instead of being concerned with getting props and also address the current state of over-saturation of bands with recycled riffs and lyrics. One track appears to come from the angle of someone who deals with stress by cutting themselves and another song is about getting ripped off in Paris. Great delivery with great vocals! Supporting the lyrics are furious(yet tastefully played)beats with solid time changes that carry the all out onslaught of guitar and bass. I’m a huge fan of their tone. Besides the writing being top shelf, the production is crazy good. And to think that these guys do their own mixing and mastering and release their own albums! D.I.fuckingY.!!! This 7″ goes perfectly with both coffee and beer. I can’t recommend this enough. Cheers! (Jake)
A track from the bands forthcoming LP “Carrion”. Released by Organize and Arise, Profane Existence, Doomed Society, Harvest King and Mankind Disaster Records.
As soon as the needle drops, this 7″ is so fucking heavy! Starting with the song Crowd Control, short, to the point lyrics about the absurdity of organized religion, is engulfed by thick guitar tone. The tempo is at perfect head nod pace with bursts of blast beats peppered in to keep the listener on their toes. Short, but definitely not so sweet. Then gliding into Cursed Veins, which gets a little longer. Just enough time to really get lost in the haunting melodies that sound like they might have been influenced by TRAGEDY, MAYHEM and early EMPEROR. In fact, all six tracks are delightfully dark, brooding, blackened crust with lyrics that are equally as dark. And to be completely honest, some are even a bit disturbing. For example, Etruscan War is nothing less than a violent and hateful rant, threatening to burn a city to the ground, killing everyone and everything an pissing on their crown. Then there’s Drowning in Circles, which lyrically comes across like a suicide note moaned over the soundtrack of sorrow and despair. It’s been a few years since I’ve heard one of Chris’s bands and this is everything I had hoped it would be. The only bad thing I can say is that I wish this was a full length, because I want more. If you aren’t able to get your hands on a physical copy of this totally DIY slab o’ wax, you can get a digital version on Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp and iTunes. Well, done folks! (jake)