Hornets (IRL)
WITCH HUNT


4.0
excellent

Review

by house cat STAFF
January 30th, 2018 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the one where the hornets' nest gets kicked

WITCH HUNT grounds itself in a viciousness which belies the stultified life it follows around like a disobedient shadow. At least, The Long Pig acquaints us with but a worn soul (“Trade living a life for staying alive”). But as the witch hunt progresses deeper into the forest -- under the command of frantic, scorched riffs -- we watch the same soul crumble under duress. Things continue to get worse…

…and worse

…and worse.

Then it feels not just like a documentation of malice, but a descent into…something (madness" paranoia" violence"). It charts a path through various betrayals, represented by metaphors and personifications aligned with the black metal/crust punk ethos (a veritable collage of “corpses”, “rust”; abject nihilism) and it does so without pause. The ferocity with which the record carries itself is a way of rendering a sense of inevitability. Indeed, the only time a gap in the wall of distortion opens, it’s more of a gash, a literal open-wounded gasp for air at the end of the title track that pulls me out of a trance and brings me to terms with the fact that I’m listening to -- for all intents and purposes -- something uncompromising, something determined to react with brute force. WITCH HUNT meets the biting cold with fire in One of Us, hope with pessimism in Hollow Bones, normalcy with rebirth in Threads.

Behind it, lingering -- the lifelessness of normality, wringing the instrumentation of its breathing room and replacing it with a venom. The drums sound dry but energized, the snare beaten so hard and so fast that its skin is likely as bruised as a haemophiliac who’s just fallen down a flight of stairs. There’s a healthy balance between tremolo riffs and palm-muted chugging, and the shrieks are raspy, stuck in the space between fearful and vituperative. The palette suggests an attempt not to outrun the mundanity of modernity, but to burn a hole through its centre. In setting the scene, accusations are thrown, and all the usual avenues of escapism are exposed as pointless: nostalgia “infects” the brain, your search for meaning is fruitless (“you have no use” wails Trixie), and, oh so typically, the only true way out is death. Horro Vacui brings things to a halt, even offering a solution. With “mist and revelation”, it suggests, “chaos reigns”. It’s a simple unveiling, perhaps even anti-climactic, but consider the ideology and the music as a singular entity, and it makes perfect sense in a way that crust punk rarely does.

And if the synergy between theme and composition isn’t enough: WITCH HUNT also riffs and/or slaps and/or rules. Listen.



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verdant
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2018


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hello (:D---|----

Lucid
January 30th 2018


9895 Comments


nice review, gives a vivid picture of what to expect. doesn't seem like my thing but I bet there's an audience for it

Papa Universe
January 30th 2018


16622 Comments


what do we do when all of the good lads become contributors? who do we pos?

mental pos

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2018


2760 Comments


Artwork looks like something Nick Blinko would do and that alone makes me wanna check

verdant
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2018


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi jac !

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2018


8768 Comments


This looks rank, will check : ]

verdant
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2018


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx for stoppin by

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 30th 2018


27471 Comments


Great review as usual

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2018


23380 Comments


i’m down for a witch hunt

Dewinged
January 31st 2018


10852 Comments


This sounds intriguing indeed Jack, good read man.

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ProjectFreak
February 1st 2018


2900 Comments


anyone else think IRL definitely didn't mean Ireland?

great review also

verdant
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2018


2244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx all

IAMERROR
February 2nd 2018


300 Comments


"anyone else think IRL definitely didn't mean Ireland?"

Haha, yeah, I'm more familiar with the acronym meaning 'In Real Life' due to my vast experience playing MMOs. I thought the full band name was actually Hornets (IRL) and thought it was kinda sweet.


Lucid
February 3rd 2018


9895 Comments


hornets (irl) is actually a cool name, i’m calling them that



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