On Nails’ sophomore release, the band makes a series of slight improvements to their already extreme sound.
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An extremely noisy and abrasive mix of post-hardcore, screamo, and powerviolence coming off this new album from Beau Navire. Something I think Loma Prieta fans would take to pretty quickly. While these guys do showcase a lot of volume and aggression, there’s a lotta passion and melody hidden away in the chaos created by this Oakland outfit. Stream this group’s new album, Lumens, via the widget above.
This is the first time I’m hearing Boston’s Cerce, and it’s an almost abusive experience. The band’s heavy, fist-clenching riffs are thick, distorted, and mix-punching. The drums are fast and relentless. They break into the occasional blast beat as well, making this a great listen for powerviolence junkies out there, too.
However, the most standout part of this band’s music is frontwoman, who has an ultra-feminine shriek that is a breath of fresh air when it comes to this style of music. The lyrics round all sorts of socio-political and feminist bases, making these tracks sound extremely urgent. It’s passion! Fire! Drive! Point A, point B. Fist to face. Done.
The tracks on this sampler run pretty short. Of course, songs this aggressive would need to be packaged into thirty-second bites, and that’s fine with me.
These tracks are available for download on the band’s Bandcamp via donation. 99 cents seems to be the minimum, but it’s more than worth it.