Friday, 23 December 2016


"life inside the western bloc"
Year:  2015
Country:  UK
City:  Bristol
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  22
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk

Violent Arrest is a hardcore punk band from England, formed in 2005by ex members of Ripcord, Spite, Heresy, Can't Decide, Excrement of War, Screamer, Bombblastmen and Varukers. They released an album, their 2006 self-titled LP,then a 7inch single "fear" in 2007.the band are still active and await there release of a double 7inch gate fold in dec 2008. After some releases the band recorded this full album in 2015 plus an EP in 2016. Much like fire, old school hardcore will burn away all the bullshit and fat and leave something that is lean, honest and pure. Violent Arrest has captured that sound and postivie / optimistic mentality on this release. This is the first record I have heard from this band. And I have to say, I am impressed. I have reviewed many of the newer hardcore bands out of the United Kingdom and Violent Arrest with this release has put out one of the top releases I have heard from  an across the pond band this year. What I love and find a little shocking is how bands like Violent Arrest has not only captured the sound of so many great bands of the US hardcore scene but the attitude.  From the spoken intro to the blistering tempo and attitude of "White Suburban Punk" I was fucking hooked on this band. In less then a minute Violent Arrest burns away all the lofty idea's of punk to what it has become to many people.  "Fortress Europa" stomps and kicks out my speakers like a raging bull. The verses burn with acid being spit from the lead singer. All the while the guitars cut chunks off you with unstoppable riffing. While all this is happening the drums are shaking your bones with beats that speed along and hit heavy.  As good as the first two tracks are "No More Room In Hell" knocked my socks off! The beats hit like napalm bombs and the unrelenting riffs burn the oxygen out of the room. The singer nails it. Etching each word with scathing angst. Such a killer tune! (Review from HERE ).
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