By now you should be familiar with Oslo’s Negativ—their stunning LP from last year layering a lyrical sense of taut, Lovecraftian horror over a raging discordant musical backdrop paired with their extensive US tour won them the allegiance of countless ragers all over. Thankfully, they’ve gone back to the lab and given us the gift of Epicrisis, the forthcoming ferocious slab of vinyl.
While we’ll have to wait until later in the summer to receive the full compliment of "Avoid (The Social Radiation)," a savage, snarling blast of maniacal mirth, we’ve been gifted with a taste to satiate in the meantime:
Produced and recorded by the inestimable Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, Career Suicide and countless more) it is a dystopian vision of the horror we walk through daily which leans on a blend of riff-laden Norwegian hardcore like Kafka Process, the twitching discomfort of Die Kruezen and the anxiety inducing stomp of Rudimentary Peni. Thematically, the record addresses the corruption of the modern age, mental health issues, violence and narcissism.
A near-perfect soundtrack for the modern age--lashing out against the looming tides of misery and darkness, or as Jonah says:
“Six storming new tracks from the living legacy of Norwegian hardcore punk. Irreverent and scathing swipes of a rusted blade edge against the breezy knuckles of melodic guitar leads and momentous drum punishment… that seems to amalgamate so much of the historically marginal but musically unforgettable European HC classics — E.A.T.E.R., Zmiv, etc”
Epicrisis will be out on July 28 via Byllepest Distro.