ITHACA

The Lan­guage Of In­jury

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews - MATT MILLS

HOLY ROAR Bri­tish new­com­ers add a melodic sheen to con­tem­po­rary hard­core

It’s taken three and a half years for Ithaca to fol­low up their first two EPS with an al­bum. Now – af­ter be­ing de­layed by in­tense per­sonal strug­gles – The Lan­guage Of

In­jury is fi­nally upon us, and it al­ready feels des­tined to go down as one of 2019’s most promis­ing de­buts. Stylis­ti­cally, Ithaca fit the mod­ern met­al­core scene like a glove, pos­sess­ing the same speed, me­chan­i­cal whirs and wacky per­cus­sion as Code Or­ange and Por­trayal Of Guilt. But it’s the unique flour­ishes that makes them so im­pres­sive. Dur­ing Slow Neg­a­tive Or­der and the cap­ti­vat­ing ti­tle track, Djamila Az­zouz’s clean-sung hums and

Sam Chetan-welsh’s un­pre­dictable riffs cre­ate a uniquely melodic back­bone. By the al­bum’s con­clu­sion, these fleet­ing mo­ments have es­ca­lated into full, beau­ti­ful pas­sages. Gor­geous and ex­per­i­men­tal, yet al­ways vi­o­lent, The

Lan­guage In­jury is an un­mit­i­gated tri­umph.

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FOR FANS OF: The Char­iot, Sval­bard, Rolo Tomassi

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