SOUL GLO
Diaspora Problems



Release Date: 03/25/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So fcuking heavy i spilt my tea shit

If you're a hardcore punk music listener person guy dude like me, chances are the word heavy has lost all meaning to you. Riff-hardened specimens such as us aren't easily wooed by puny chugga-chuggas or pathetic do-dun-do-dun-do-reeee-reeees. We are (evidently) real men (grr). You can imagine my surprise, then, pressing play on Diaspora Problems and having my undersized, overcompensated man-testes ripped clean off. The culprit, blade and balls in hand: SOUL GLO.

Surprisingly, the Philly 4-piece's 6-year-in-the-making Epitaph debut contains none of the breakdowns, killswitch gimmickry or brickwalled production with which one would usually satiate a neanderthal of my inclinations. Instead, Diaspora Problems is filled to the fucking brim with heart and soul. Every single second of every single minute of every single single on this stonker of an LP bleeds an impossible, intoxicating energy, the group converting the violent reverberations of hXc, skramz and hip-hop into a giddy blur of flailing limbs and unfading grins that may well be my album of the year.

Each old-school riff and meaty cymbal crash feels weighty and intentional, like smashing a brick into your neighbour's fuckhead face after they accidentally trimmed your prized petunias, again (bastard). The same goes for Pierce Jordan's breathless vocals, breathtaking in his unique mangled melding of screeching and spitting - his garbled, rapid-fire stanzas sporting the catchy cadence of a rap verse despite being barked with enough decibels to trigger a tsunami. The chameleonic rhythm work of GG and TJ provides essential scaffolding for these lyrical acrobatics, propelling Jordan’s inaudible musings on the ugly state of things that, for once, actually deserve the genius.com read-along treatment.

The riotous result is entirely unintelligible, yet immaculate in its construction. Nothing here is superfluous, accidental or left to chance, each pulsating movement hitting like an iron fist in a velvet glove. You'll find your head bobbing and toes tapping despite the audial onslaught, as the band pile on flourishes of brass ("Thumbsucker") and full-blown freestyles ("Driponomics"), adding generous dabs of orange and purple to an otherwise desolate soundscape. Some delightfully breathable production seals the deal, the sonic assault sounding as if it were conceived and tracked in a derelict warehouse rather than a soundproof booth because, well, it was (how punk is that?!).

The sum total of their 2022 opus is a straight upgrade to SOUL GLO’s already brilliant back catalog, bursting with scorching new takes on old ideas and enough spirit and passion to set the entire scene ablaze. However, don’t take my word for it - I’m just some feckless sod, bleeding out onto the carpet, nuts forcibly extracted from his being. See for yourself. Listen to Diaspora Problems. The (un)orthodox cult of punk eunuchs is now accepting new members - don’t delay!



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someone
April 5th 2022


4578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i'll have you know that i find this punk rock album so awakening i needn't my vegan chai latte this morning

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2022


11437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

dude i also am a hardcore punk music listener person guy dude

great rev, great album. big yay!

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2022


7484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

i've spilled hot chai latte all over my dairy-free leather pants maaaaaaaan



this didn't need another write up, Nick nails it, but eh i love this album so ta da



ta dededede

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2022


4589 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

god i love your writing

this is so good but it's an album i appreciate more than i enjoy it bc my ears are a lil dumb or w/e

Storm In A Teacup
April 5th 2022


40684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The world would definitely break if Soul Glo and Candiria collab’d.

Storm In A Teacup
April 5th 2022


40684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is the result of giving our baby bird budgie amphetamines for the first time.

Storm In A Teacup
April 5th 2022


40684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who doesn’t find it easy to picture budgie fluttering around yelling “WHO GON BEAT MY ASS WHO GON BEAT MY ASS”

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2022


7484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Hey there thanks Jesp tho my writing sucs soz



"Who doesn’t find it easy to picture budgie fluttering around yelling “WHO GON BEAT MY ASS WHO GON BEAT MY ASS”" are we talking about our user friend budgie or an actual budgie? either is fine.

SteakByrnes
April 5th 2022


27411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

whogonbeatmyasswhogonbeatmyasswhogonbeatmyasswhogonbeatmyasswhogonbeatmyass

untitIed
April 5th 2022


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow - perfect review. And, yeah, this thing rips!

Scoot
April 5th 2022


21357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH



full lyrics

bloc
April 5th 2022


68833 Comments


Speaking of hardcore, when the hell is the new Honningbarna album going to get a review

cvlts
April 5th 2022


9860 Comments


this is some manic shit. love it

SharkTooth
April 5th 2022


14744 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had the opening track on repeat for days now

Storm In A Teacup
April 5th 2022


40684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

User friend budgie of course but yes, both do work.

SlothcoreSam
April 5th 2022


4331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well if this doesn't get you in the mood to run into a pile of loose bricks, you must be paraplegic.

Dedes
April 5th 2022


8933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review brother

Sounds like something that'll turn me full monkey mode and you know I'm about that life. Def gon jam sometime tonight

RadioSuicide
April 5th 2022


2142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this might be my favorite record of the year so far, can't stop giving it spins

Ryus
April 5th 2022


28380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its up there for sure. love the variety of influences/styles

Purpl3Spartan
April 6th 2022


4481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Legendary review



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