Burning In The Sun

by Hardware

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    For whatever reason, New England continues to produce utterly gritty and crushing music. Everything from blistering hardcore, to jamming punk rock, there’s just something about the land that breathes aggression and anger. This all comes to mind when thinking about the brand new record from Hardware, Burning In The Sun. This 14 track album is a variety of chaotic energy that plows its way forward, no apologies given. With a range of delivery backing the band, Hardware present an album that consistently keeps the blood pressure rising, and every bruise fresh song after song.

    Blending hardcore, grindcore, and noise rock, Hardware display each song in a different light. The common theme of course is that every track is quick, dirty, and brutal as all hell. One element that maintains itself from beginning to end is the vocal work. What makes them stand out is their scratchy, rage producing approach. While they aren’t as fast, the scratchy aspect has some similarities to that of what one might hear out of Converge.

    “Human Waste” opens with a delightful ring of distortion, the sort of tone that tenses the muscles, preparing them for the pit. Drum clashes and blistering guitar playing set up the flow, the vocals raging in full force. The excitement ends just under a minute, but leads into the killer funk that is “Daggers”. The bass and guitar pull off a really groovy rhythm that meets a shrieking distortion. This drones for just a bit before the track drops back into its chaotic delivery. “Not Gonna Give It” delivers on this chaos even further, revving up the speed, and tossing in bits of moody rhythm. While only coming in at 20 seconds, the track effectively shifts the mood of the record for just a moment, giving a brief but welcoming pause in the utter crushing progression.

    Hardware builds off the sounds that make its foundation, and explores more territory towards the halfway mark of the record. “False Reality” takes the noise and hardcore elements, spinning them into a sludgy fashion. The bass drips with thickness as the drums slowdown in their clashing. Even the vocals take on more of a draw in their screeching. This heft floats prominently through the instrumentation, causing a physical feeling of weight. This same effect comes through in “Invader”, the sludge taking on a different form this time around. The thickness makes its presence known, but now comes through slick and fluid like that of oil. There is a vibrancy to the song that whirls about in its rage, lashing out and spreading with a wild nature. “Evil Eye” is a grindcore treat of utter punishment, crushing and beating down on the listener with no pause. “Burning In The Sun” takes a step back from speed, focusing more on a rock and roll rhythm. The atmosphere is dingy, giving off a sensual aroma of beer and cigarettes.

    Burning In The Sun is a wild beat down on the listener. Hardware show off their talent in blending elements to create punishing music that entices listeners, and delivers upon constant brutality. If just listening to this record produces tension and adrenaline, seeing the band live must be a hell of an experience. Burning In The Sun is a delightful treat in noise, relentless heaviness, and punk rock attitude.

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From the LP "Burning In The Sun"
Cover art by Cassidy McGinley
vinyl available at atomicactionrecords(dot)bigcartel(dot)com

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released April 25, 2017

Hardware is Tim, Ethan, Laura, Dave and Bethuny
Recorded at Disappearing Mountain
Mastered at Dead Air
Cover art by Cassidy McGinley

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Atomic Action! Providence, Rhode Island

Punk/hardcore label from Rhode Island started in 1989 ended in 2000 restarted in 2012. We put out music we like by people we like. Fuck all the rest.

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