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Album Review: Svalbard- “Flightless Birds”

Bristol’s Svalbard plays crust punk with a post rock twist– similar in spirit to Deafheaven’s black metal/ post rock sound and Tragedy’s melodic take on crust. The result is something beautiful and surprisingly accessible, but nonetheless unrelenting. Flightless Birds is only two songs long, but it does exactly what a two song release should do: make you wish there was more.

“Flightless Birds” opens the EP, managing a tightrope walk between outright aggression and ethereal beauty. The song is filled with melody, an excellent counterpoint to the vocalists’ throat shredding screams. Half way through, Svalbard dials the hardcore back and lets the dreamy soundscape of their post rock influences shine through. It’s a balancing act that they execute perfectly. Upon hearing the concept of their sound in words, I was worried it would come off as a far cry from the aggressive anti-pop that is crust. Thankfully, Svalbard combine the melodic and ethereal sounds of post-rock cohesively, creating a sound that is as confrontational as it is beautiful.

There’s a desperate quality inherent in “For What It’s Worth.” It bleeds feeling– reminiscent of the reckless outpours of Rites of Spring and Embrace. It also gives the listener a broader taste of Svalbard’s musical palette– featuring a taste of melodic vocals sung on the edge of hoarseness. Throughout the song, the guitars spit, languish, and burn through memorable riffs, melodies, and lines of trilling notes. There’s a remarkable amount of diversity in fretwork, and for good reason; while the songs on Flightless Birds are by no means ten minute monsters, they are longer than the average punk song. It’s a more subtle detail, but this is where Svalbard impressed me the most. They are able to sustain a song’s duration with quality music better than most other bands that seek to travel past the four minute mark. The music they write warrants the time spent listening and never edges past the border of self-indulgence.

Flightless Birds is a quality EP and a clear indicator of more good to come from Svalbard. For those that are fans of punk at its most defiantly musical, this is a clear victory.

4/5 Stars



Blast from the Past: Discharge – “Fight Back In Finland” (2003 DVD)

Do you like Discharge, but never had an opportunity to catch them live? No worries, we here at Dying Scene have your back. Someone has uploaded the band’s DVD, Fight Back in Finland, online and you can check out the the whole thing, plus the tracklist, right here.

Discharge last released a split with Off With Their Heads last February.



Agenda (crust punk) streams debut EP

Norwegian newcomers Agenda unleash their fury upon the world. Their debut EP consists of four blistering tracks of dark, crusty punk in the veins of Tragedy and From Ashes Rise.

You can stream, or download (for free of course) their EP here.



Album Review: Tragedy- “Darker Days Ahead”

Tragedy is back with soaring melodies, throaty bellows, and apocalyptic doom– and while they’re brand of melodic crust punk may not be for everybody, those with the proper predispositions will be awed. Darker Days Ahead is a testament to the importance of music outside the mainstream, a work of art that epitomizes words like ‘underground’ and ‘independent.’ Tragedy may not be outside the realms of accessibility in some circles, and to be fair, a large part of their sound roams outside the walls of punk rock and into the world of heavy metal, but their independent spirit and basic, fundamental musical groundings make them into something of a latter day Fugazi. No internet presence, no labels, no rules; this is the purity we always talk about wanting in punk rock; that feeling of open-wound-honesty– an artist burning the veil and letting the listener see the world without pretense or censorship. This is that record, and even without it sounding like much of the music that inhabits the scene to day, it undoubtedly begs to be listened to.

Having four full-lengths released before Darker Days Ahead, Tragedy is anything but a newcomer. But while mainstream punk culture remains fairly oblivious to both their existence and importance, their sound remains a revelation to the converted. Tragedy’s roots lay in the sound of Discharge and hardcore, but heavier. Todd Burdette provides a deep growl that sounds something like years of rage, injustice, and hatred being rewarded with an appropriately threatening voice. While atypical for hardcore, and perhaps against its core tenets, the growling allows the voice to become another instrument, making the music an indecipherable message you have to feel to unlock.

Darker Days Ahead succeeds because of the music though, and not just their DIY ethics, and to be sure, the album is filled with worthwhile songs that’ll have your heart pumping venom in no time. Album opener, “No Cemeteries Here,” kicks off the album with all the heaviness one would expect, with dark melodies and an awesome acoustic interlude. “Close At Hand” features some of my favorite instrumental work, which includes a magnificent bass line and some seriously powerful guitar leads. But to single out any song’s fretwork on Darker Days Ahead is a disservice, for every song on this album has at least one memorable riff. Final track, “To Earth Like Dust” is another standout, complete with minor melodies and a catchy, despite being growled, verse that is driven by it’s galloping rhythm.

The best thing that can be said about Darker Days Ahead is that it’s another Tragedy album. It’s a little slower, more experimental, but ultimately it’s still Tragedy. It’s loud, ferocious, and technically competent. It straddles genres like it was born to confound audiences. It’s punk rock for the darkest days of our lives, where the world finally closes in on us and we’re left powerless–screaming, clawing, hating– using up our last moments as violently as possible. That’s Tragedy. That’s catharsis.



Music Video: The Locust – “Spitting In The Faces of Fools As a Source of Nutrition”

San Diego crust-punk/grindcore act, The Locust, has just released a music video for their song, “Spitting In The Faces of Fools As a Source of Nutrition”.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming release, “Molecular Genetics From The Gold Standard Labs”, which is a collection of 44 hard-to-find and out-of-print tracks from the early years of the band.

The album will hit stores July 31st through ANTI-Records.

Watch the music video for “Spitting In The Faces of Fools As a Source of Nutrition” here.

Check out the heavy track list for the album here.