Knuckledust “Promises Comfort Fools” CD/DVD

  • KNUCKLEDUST (UK) “Promises Comfort Fools” CD/DVD (Gangstyle Records) 11e

To be brutally honnest with you, I wasn’t expecting more from KNUCKLEDUST than the trademark style they’ve established with their first releases. Having reduced at some point during these last years the amount of metallic hardcore that I was listening to, I missed this one when it came out in 2007. What a shame!

The London hardcore outfit managed to surpass themselves in their 4th album, taking a big step forward in terms of songwriting and intensity. All the tracks are extremely catchy and nothing short of devastating. There’s a lot going on here, including multiple vocals – they even dwelve succesfully into rap territory!

Their roots from old-school beatdown NYHC bands such as BULLDOZE, IRATE, (early) 25 TA LIFE, are still the foundation of their sound but it’s obvious that whoever writes the songs, has larger musical horizons than just metal or hardcore.

Well, I hate to sound cliche but KNUCKLEDUST have matured like good old wine and if it took four albums before they showed their full potential.

The CD is accompanied by a DVD with the entire Ieperfest 2008 set.

~ by Πάνος Αγόρος on September 23, 2011.

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