Trapped Under Ice
Heatwave


3.5
great

Review

by MattTD USER (12 Reviews)
August 14th, 2017 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still cold.

There’s no doubt that Trapped Under Ice are one of modern hardcore’s flagship bands. Inspired by bands such as Breakdown and Floorpunch, the Baltimore crew dominated the scene in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s with their catchy and gruff songs. 2011’s Big Kiss Goodnight was the band’s magnum opus, displaying the group’s meat-and-potatoes hardcore at its finest with riffs, shouted vocals and breakdowns. Then, in 2013, the band went on hiatus in order for its members to focus on other projects. Their two most prominent side projects, Turnstile and Angel Du$t, went on to capture the hearts of hardcore fans even further. The two bands experimented with influences such as funk, alternative rock and earlier 1980’s hardcore bands to create similarly catchy but more light-hearted and irreverent music. Now, returning to TUI six years on since their previous album, it seems that the band has carried these new influences onto Heatwave.

The most immediately striking thing about Heatwave is that it doesn’t hang around: the album manages to tear through 11 songs in 14 minutes with no track exceeding 100 seconds in length, very much similar in style to singer Jurtice Tripp’s other band Angel Du$t. In a few cases, this proves to be a weakness in the album. Songs like “Pressure Is On” or “Other Side” simply go by far too quickly with too few distinguishing features in order to make them stand out. However, for the most part, this straight-forward fashion of song writing is gripping and attention-grabbing. “Backstabbed” makes for a blistering opening track, and lead single “Do It” bounces along with flair and energy, reflecting the band’s inspirations and contemporaries such as Bad Brains, early Cro-Mags and Krimewatch. The straightforward manner also makes for a refreshing change from the band’s slower, lumbering style that dominated the group’s earlier works, although this is not to say that remnants of their earlier characteristics no longer exist on Heatwave. “No Relief” and “Slow Death” brings back the swagger and heaviness that the group made their name on with their familiar throaty vocals and menacing breakdowns, and the introduction to “XL” is reminiscent of the earlier “True Love” from Big Kiss Goodnight.

The brevity of Heatwave may threaten to bring the album down, but overall Trapped Under Ice have created a record that is consistent, catchy and heavy. It shows a band that is not afraid to refine and advance their music; for a genre as clear-cut and basic as hardcore punk, TUI have carved out their own unique sound and defy the expectations of the modern hardcore scene.



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MattTD
August 14th 2017


678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

short review for a short album, i'd give this a 3.7 if i could



tryna take this review ting seriously again, feel free to leave constructive criticism as it's been over a year

accompliceofmydeath
August 14th 2017


4582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I forgot this was out. I can't believe it's been 6 years since their last LP.

MattTD
August 14th 2017


678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mad innit, hardcore has changed so much since 2011

accompliceofmydeath
August 14th 2017


4582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It sure has! There seems to be two ends of the spectrum; the disembodied/metallic hardcore worship and then 80's style. I like both styles, so no complaints from me.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


13087 Comments


Rare mattd sighting

Digging: Palais Schaumburg - Palais Schaumburg

MattTD
August 14th 2017


678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loool innit



nah i'm actually proper trying again cus i'm thinking of doing journalism stuff during third year/post-uni, gonna try for some student radio tings too

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2017


13087 Comments


Noiiiiiiiice

man the uni radio thing is something i wanted to do but just cant be bothered. id listen to your show tho, get to listen to those lovely Mattd tones and hardcore bangers

MattTD
August 15th 2017


678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i was thinking of doing an emo/indie show but i'm sure i'll slip in some disembodied, i know the head of specialist music at the student radio station is a big fan of some core

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2017


13087 Comments


id say try and do as a wide range as possible which befits ur taste.

so for you id say market it as a punk/emo/core show.

accompliceofmydeath
August 15th 2017


4582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's always good to slip in some disembodied!



Slightly related, Martyr AD, most of the people from disembodied, is likely going to be playing at least one show over there at some point, so get ready for that. I'm guessing you guys live in the UK based on dialect.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2017


13087 Comments


yeah, we both go to the same uni in norwich

MattTD
August 15th 2017


678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man the footage of martyr ad playing at this is hardcore fest is madness



yeah mort and i literally lived about 100m away from each other in first year haha

accompliceofmydeath
August 16th 2017


4582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dang, that's lucky! I had exactly 0 kids into hardcore or punk at my college.



I was at This is Hardcore! You may have even seen me mosh during "Broken Mouth"!

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2017


13087 Comments


I miss you matty boy, hit me up when ur back in norwich



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