BOR­DERS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews - STEPHEN HILL CON­NIE GORDON NIK YOUNG

Pu­rify

LONG BRANCH

Lin­coln met­al­core hope­fuls fail to find their own spot on the map

Met­al­core had a bit of a cre­ative re­nais­sance at the start of the decade. It feels like it needs one again. Bor­ders’ de­but al­bum is so lack­ing in ideas, so en­trenched in es­tab­lished for­mu­las and pro­duced in such a cut-and-paste way, that it’s hard to know what to say about them as a band. Most of the record is so un­re­mark­able that it passes with­out in­ci­dent, and when the UK four-piece do try to add some­thing a little dif­fer­ent to their pal­ette, the rapped sec­tions of War be­ing the prime cul­prit, it’s a sound that feels like some­thing TRC would have left on the cut­ting room floor five years ago. Ul­ti­mately, Pu­rify is an al­bum that tells us noth­ing about the mem­bers of Bor­ders other than what type of bands they’ve spent the last few years lis­ten­ing to. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Hack­tivist, Au­gust Burns Red, Ice

Nine Kills band of nut­ters, and Pas­sion­ate And Tragic is the sec­ond time the punk rock-plus legend has twid­dled knobs to har­ness the Bel­gian’s chaotic and quizzi­cal sound. Vo­cal­ist Aurélie de­liv­ers car­toon­like, he­lium-em­bel­lished, stac­cato shrieks on sub­jects rang­ing from gender pol­i­tics (My Cake) to sug­ary desserts (My Cake as well, strangely) while the bass pumps, drums pound out frac­tured Morse Code pat­terns and gui­tars im­i­tate the sound of alu­minium be­ing set on fire. At times, their redlin­ing din forces riffs and melody to dis­ap­pear be­hind a hail of noise, but the en­ergy is in­fec­tious and de­signed for sweaty live caves. Per­fect for a band who have played more than 400 gigs in three years. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: The Lo­cust, Arab On Radar, Melt-Banana with pace do not al­ways pay off and the in­ter­minably slow Hour­glass sees them get­ting a touch too clever, but, on the whole, De­feater delves deeper into the band’s psy­che than ever and the re­sult is ar­rest­ing and cathar­tic.

FOR FANS OF: Touché Amoré, La Dis­pute, Be­ing As An Ocean

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