Bru­tal hard­core su­per­group give New York a bloody nose

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives -

■ There’s a guy stag­ger­ing around Saint Vi­tus press­ing a rag wrapped around some ice to his nose. It’s not just cov­ered in blood, but pos­i­tively drenched with the stuff, soaked. This is what hap­pens when you head into the pit that’s erupted vi­o­lently for Bos­ton hard­core su­per­group All Pigs Must Die, and he’s got off lightly, be­cause it’s prob­a­bly one of the most in­tense things this small room has ever seen. Fea­tur­ing Con­verge drum­mer Ben Koller be­hind the kit and The Hope Con­spir­acy’s Kevin Baker on vo­cals, APMD make bru­tal­ity look as easy as breath­ing. Even grue­some death metal open­ers Homewrecker seem tame by com­par­i­son, and they’re any­thing but – it’s just there’s no way they can com­pete with the in­tense sonic slaugh­ter of the head­lin­ers, es­pe­cially on the sub­minute blast of Med­i­ta­tion Of Vi­o­lence, a hur­ri­cane of, well, vi­o­lence, that turns the whole room into a fren­zied pit. Yet there’s bloody beauty in their songs, too – not least in the dense, dark fury of Slave Moral­ity and the in­tense, sear­ing charge of God Is War. It’s a weirdly thrilling rush, and one that ren­ders any bloody noses sus­tained to­tally worth­while. MIS­CHA PEARL­MAN

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