This wek has been a tough one in lots of ways – but rather than wallow in sadness, I’m gonna instead try and focus on just how good the picks for Album of the Day have been this way. Includes a four-way split of emo and related genres; anti-fascist black metal; soul-crushing beauty; and stomping hardcore. Enjoy!
A new release from the ever-reliable Adorno Records, this sees four bands team up for a great split that is sad for sure, but also pretty cathartic.
Lotta talk recently about anti-fascist black metal, and the mistaken idea that it’s somehow a new thing. Schattenlicht have been going for ten years now, and this is my favourite release of theirs.
A band that were maybe not as explicitly political in their music, but still held strongly left-wing, anti-fascist views; to the extent that mainman ACB describing himself as a feminist sparked so-called “metalgate”. What a pathetic thing that was.
Is this album more beauty than it is sad; sadder than it is heavy; or heavier than it is beautiful? I don’t know. But the one-two of ‘Tired of Me’ into ‘We all Faulter’ is absolutely devastating.
And this is devastating is a very different way. Are Jesus Piece the best hardcore band around at present? That’s maybe a bit of a stretch, but Only Self probably deserves to be the biggest hardcore release of the year.