Picks: KING 810, Against Me!, Knocked Loose

Wow. What a crazy week of releases. Between the two of us we’ve had a difficult time just deciding which three albums make the cut this Friday, and it’s quite unbelievable that some have missed out. We’ve settled on our three at last, but one or two have been kept in the game for next week. Nevertheless, here’s a fourth recommendation, as is customary: listen to the new Norma Jean record.

king_810KING 810
La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God
Roadrunner Records
[Spotify]

Here we go again! Michigan’s headline-hogging bad boys KING 810 are back with their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2014’s astonishing Memoirs Of A Murderer, a record so laced with controversy that it was almost overshadowed by its own background noise. But it was exhilarating, and La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God, somehow, gets close to matching its nastiness. It’s an attitude bomb, riddled with crystal-clear brutality and focused ugliness. But it’s also a powerfully aggressive, rough and yet dexterous musical work that’s full of surprises. It’s going to take some getting used to, but that’s KING 810 for you.

against_meAgainst Me!
Shape Shift With Me
Xtra Mile Recordings
[Spotify]

One of 2016’s most eagerly-awaited releases, this record is packed full of brilliant, hook-laden songs that ought to be being played on mainstream radio stations across the world. This is an absolute corker of an album that continues the intriguing, triumphant, swaggering sound of Transgender Dysphoria Blues. ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Crash’ bring in the blend of rock and roll, punk and even country that gives Against Me! such a lush musical palette, while the fuzzy, electro tinges on ‘Dead Rats’ offer something extra still. Shape Shift With Me fizzes and pops with vitality and excitement and deserves to be danced to while you shout along at the top of your voice.

knocked_looseKnocked Loose
Laugh Tracks
Pure Noise Records
[Spotify]

If you’ve ever liked hardcore, or suspected you might, we have a suggestion for you. Actually, it’s not a suggestion, really. More an order, lest you miss out on something you need to hear. Check out Laugh Tracks. It’s the debut album from Kentucky ragers Knocked Loose and it’s sensational. It’s full of crunch, chaos and curveballs that cram huge stompy riffs and countless changes of pace into 29 lairy minutes. ‘My Heroes’ is one of the songs of the year and yet it doesn’t really stand out on this record. The quality is consistently high, the attitude unwaveringly violent and the riffing gloriously crisp. A stupendous debut, and one you’d be out of your mind to ignore lightly.

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