Today we plunge into extreme domains of music, where the art ends and the chaos begins. Ten albums and EPs demonstrate the variety of modern chaotic hardcore.
1. Public Acid – Condemnation EP (2022)
🇺🇸 Let’s start with moderate chaos, if only it exists. The Public Acid band comes from North Carolina and has something to say and scream. It’s simply reactive mix of punk and hardcore, with a portion of severe emotion and spoiled by hate. This EP is extremely short, but that’s enough to understand the message, right? Live fast, think fast and don’t waste time, as you never have too much. And when you are ready, switch to our next heroes who continue the party.
2. Under the Pier – An Exercise In Discontent (2021)
🇺🇸 Yes, these guys from Baltimore make it easy. They just blow your brain and cut your heart to pieces. Intensive mathcore is not enough for them, so deathgrinded chaos is the best option to add. The recipe is not bad, isn’t it? Slowing down and tasting the riff, you’ll be able to exhale. Don’t slack off as the next song is going to overtake you. Sharp guitar strings and merciless rhythm section make a difference. The vocals… well, there’s nothing to say about. Just what the genre implies, glands out!
3. Pupil Slicer – Mirrors (2021)
🇬🇧 The first track of the “Mirrors”, Pupil Slicer’s debut album, has a thrilling intro and overwhelming core. If you happen to survive, you’ll stay with it all eyes wide open. Next songs are no less violent and straightforward. Like a chariot rushing towards your corpse. Powerless to prevent. Watching yourself run over, the worst nightmare comes true. The most unexpected fact about the band to me is that its leader is a lady, inimitable Kate Davies.
4. Bootlicker – Bootlicker (2021)
🇨🇦 Bootlicker, what a name for a band. Something weird and promising. Self-entitled album proves our assumption. Vancouver based trio shoots from the hip. Crazy tempo, loud guitar and cannon style drums! One, two, three, and you are out. It’s a release which literally provides a state of fever. For the youth, the mature ones, and for all the rest, old farts. Pushing and extremely energetic album full of immediate action. Feel yourself under giant boot of true hardcore. That’s worth it.
5. End – Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face (2020)
🇺🇸 Another explicit thing from the US, this time New Jersey. The guys do not lose time and the very first sound on the album is crushing. Severe mathcore is seasoned with some layers of grind, but the main component is still chaos. The succeeded in making it loud and terrific. That’s what you really deserve if you read this article and click any button to taste. This album is thoroughly prepared one, and its length is slightly bigger compared to others in our today’s list. Well, I bet your jaws is going to break in the very beginning. And yet this is not an end.
6. Vorvaň – Awakened (2021)
🇷🇺 Time to visit Russia and get another spank. The wall of sound, harsh force, and the path you cannot stray from. “Awakened” demonstrates the evolution of of the band and extension of the perspective. It’s a shift when hardcore is blended with metal of various kinds, and that’s not all. Melodic ingredient do not displace riffs and dense structure. This metalcore unfolds, and then the cello appears in the middle of the album! After this surprise, receive heavy giutar solo in “Of Those Who Bled”, and afterwards there’s a party for those of you who begin missing chaos.
7. Regional Justice Center – Crime and Punishment (2021)
🇺🇸 Time for selected modern d-beat and fust run on the brink of crust. With portions of fatty delayed riffs and pauses which just enhance rawness of forthcoming phrases. So violent and mad. A couple of peculiar things: the band’s bassist is a lady and the leader is a drummer who manages to destroy the microphone in the same time. Don’t ask yourself how it is possible. Grab something in your hands and run like hell, that’s the advice. Even if it’s too late. Feel post-apocalyptic despair and find yourself sleeping on concrete pavement.
8. Zeit – Zeit (2020)
🇮🇹 Let’s add some Italian temper and expression. Welcome to Venice, a home for Zeit. These guys produce extremal music melted with noise and hysteria. Is this still music or already not? You decide, in case you stay sane after a listening to it. Anyway, the self-titled album issued back in 2020 holds a respectful place among chaos we are dealing with today. Find a safe place, put Zeit on and do not try to relax. Start the Brownian motion, bump everything on your way and pull the snake hanging from one’s mouth.
9. Dumah – Irreversible (2021)
🇨🇷 Another point on our rout, Costa Rica. Let me introduce Dumah, a wild band which disrespects conventional borders between genres. Picking aggressive riffs and drumming from hardcore, heavy guitar sound from metal, and using effects and arrangements in post-metal manner, they are breaking the walls. For what to care is the listeners’ heads are also broken along the way. This EP is compact one, but pretty promising one. There are a lot of opportunities if you follow your own way towards chaos.
10. Rauchen – EP II (2021)
🇩🇪 The last act for today’s Almanac comes from Hamburg, Germany. Rauchen tends to release rather EPs than full lengths. To me, the second one is the best for a moment. Why? Well, it contains intense chaos. Organized but still uncontrollable. Violent and fierce but handsome in the same time, thanks to the band’s frontwoman. Listen and watch, and guess whether you live in a nightmare, in a horror film, or in panic. maybe in all of this creepy stuff, yeah.