Picks: Ringworm, Anchors & Alibis, Billy Talent

Three releases slapped with our seal of approval and heartily recommended. We like to throw in a little bonus pick too, and this time around we’re giving a nod of approval to Get Dead, whose new album Honesty Lives Elsewhere is a highlight in what’s been a pretty decent week on the quiet.

ringwormRingworm
Snake Church
Relapse Records
[Spotify]

From the moment the chains come off in the opening title track, Ringworm’s new album absolutely rips. Snake Church is brilliant, a flawless case study in furious, riff-laden metallic hardcore that tears through the speakers and screams in your face until your ears bleed. It’s got the lot: thrashing riffs, colossal breakdowns, nifty little bass guitar noodles and more attitude than some hardcore punk posers disseminate over the course of a lifetime. The combo punch of ‘Destroy Or Create’, ‘Shades Of Blue’ and ‘Innocent Blood’ offers just one of many, many high points.

anchors_alibisAnchors & Alibis
Veto
Self-released
[Spotify]

The debut EP from Birmingham rockers Anchors & Alibis is an absolute cracker and shows heaps of potential throughout its four tracks. Opener ‘Patience’ is probably the standout, with a crunchy riff and big chorus that fans of World Record-era Lower Than Atlantis will eat up, while the other three songs are all of a high quality. ‘Dispossession’ nods its head to Fair to Midland, while ‘The Calling’ and ‘Cold’ show a real love for the big riffing of Alter Bridge. This is packed full of clever songwriting and solid playing – very much worth keeping an eye on this lot.

billy_talentBilly Talent
Afraid Of Heights
WEA International
[Spotify]

What can you say about Billy Talent? Not only are they utterly unique and outright brilliant, but they’re a real favourite of ours. Afraid Of Heights is their fifth album and it’s a fifth success. Ian D’Sa is a force of nature and his bandmates, including stand-in drummer Jordan Hastings, are on fine form here. Singles ‘Louder Than The DJ’ and ‘Afraid Of Heights’ sit in a strong opening half and the record as a whole is a fine addition to the collected works of this extraordinary, original, frantic band.

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