Kurt Vile & the Violators
Store Vega, Copenhagen, DEN - 5/12
Lost At The Bottom Of The World
Written by: PP on 10/10/2012 05:54:14
Anchors from Australia, who are not to be confused with the Swedish hardcore band called Anchor, impressed me enough with their debut full-length "Bad Juju" two years ago that I decided to check out their sophomore album "Lost At The Bottom Of The World" as well. Not much has changed over the course of the two years, except the production has been polished a little more and the songwriting has been enhanced from pedal-to-the-floor Strike Anywhere aping into a form of high-octane melodic hardcore/punk that doesn't smell so much like plagiarism anymore, especially in the vocal department.
It was awesome despite sounding so similar, mind you, so it's only good that Anchors haven't abandoned everything from their debut full length. "Lost At The Bottom Of The World" still belongs into high-octane melodic hardcore for the majority of its duration, but there are forays into more atmospheric mid-tempo explorations as well like on "Tour Dogs". They are at their best though when they let their explosive, fiery vocals run their course on top of an uncompromising d-beat, and slap on a ton of melody through bright guitars and catchy vocal hooks. "Cold Snap" being an excellent example of just that.
That being said, the added variety is exactly what the band needed after "Bad Juju", which had some issues in keeping your attention at their melodic hardcore songs when all the songs sounded more or less the same. Here, that problem has been adjusted with the tempo switches and slightly more thought-out melodies in general, so "Lost At The Bottom Of The World" basically comes highly recommended to any fan of explosive, yet melodic hardcore/punk from the Strike Anywhere school of thought.
Download: Break Classic, Cold Snap,
For the fans of: Strike Anywhere, Hear The Sirens, Protagonist
Release date 02.10.2012
Lockjaw Records / Creator Destructor Records