Review Summary: A tale of sudden m/
The amount of ground that Life’s Question
manage to cover in a measly 10 minutes with their latest crossover thrash EP is only made more impressive by just how darn good the Chicago 5-piece are at everything they turn their hand to. Demonstrating a refreshing level of respect for the old school sound it draws from whilst continuing to push at the boundaries of its influences, A Tale of Sudden Love & Unforgettable Heartbreak
toes the line between unrestrained hardcore chaos and nuanced metallic riffage with such poise that you could be fooled into thinking it were easy. All four of its blistering tracks offer up something unique, whether that be the unkempt punk aggression of its closer Broke
, the NWOBHM-edge to the instrumental-led Who Stole the Soul?
or the technical flair evident in Cracks in Floor of Heaven's
meaty, thrash grooves. It's a punk record for every flavour of metalhead, sure to appeal to all with its eclectic bag of tricks and vibrant, breathable production, allowing every explosive cymbal crash and palm-muted riff to soar, avoiding burial beneath a brick wall. And even though there really ought to be more content here to unpack after several years of the band drip-feeding EPs (including many of the same songs), what their latest lacks in length it more than makes up for in quality. Wherever your allegiance lies - thrash or hXc, headbang or spinkick - A Tale of Sudden Love & Unforgettable Heartbreak
delivers. Come join the pit.