Monday, 24 June 2013

Reproacher - Nothing To Save (Album Review)

Album Type : Full Length
Date Released : Out Now
Label : Self Released

Nothing to Save, track listing:
1. Intro
2. Casemate
3. Sophists
4. Averse Arrest
5. Ballast
6. Marginal Being
7. Repose
8. The Champion is Fucked
9. A New Dark Age
10. Crippled Wolves
11. New Skin

Wyomingpowerviolence-tinged hardcore audio terrorists recently dropped their latest self-released full-length upon unsuspecting ears. Titled Nothing To Save, the band’s misanthropic sophomore release delivers 11 merciless tracks of metallic hardcore mixed with rumbling blasts of low-end vocal snarls. Nothing to Save was recorded in 4 days in January 2013 in Salt Lake City by Andy Patterson (Gaza, Call of the Void), at the Boar's Nest. Mastering was done by Jack Control at Enormous Door. Featuring a current member of Denver doom deviants Primitive Man, REPROACHER breed hate and disease through sonic decimation.

The band plans to take their nihilism to the streets this summer for 40 live assaults through the US alongside Primitive Man. Having previously shared stages with the likes of Trap Them, Full of Hell, Iron Lung, Low Sky, The Body, Heartless, Dead in the Dirt, Weekend Nachos, Gaza, Bird Eater, Early Graves, Bastard Feast, Pray for Teeth, Centuries, Bone Dance, Call of the Void, Code Orange Kids, Former Thieves, Touche Amore, Eagle Twin, and many others, REPROACHER's live show is a deafening wall of noise that conveys the angst-filled desolation of Western isolation and aggression. Further touring details to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, suffer.

REPROACHER began in late 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Formed from the remnants of dissolved local bands, Joel joined TJ and Jarret and produced two demos in 2010. Jon joined in late 2010 and the band began writing and touring more seriously. After a handful of shows in March 2011, REPROACHER travelled to Salt Lake City to record a self-titled album with Andy Patterson, which was self-released. The band did two west coast tours with Denver grinders Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire and Death Of Self. REPROACHER later recorded a Tour Demo in October of 2011 with Patterson once again which was released via Dimlight Records. In the summer of 2012, REPROACHER drove coast to coast in a 38-day US tour

Line up:
Joel: Vocals
TJ: Guitars
Jon: Bass
Jarret: Drums

I’m going to go ahead and admit I had never heard of Cheyenne, WY’s Reproacher before receiving Nothing to Save to review.

I am now a massive fan of Cheyenne, WY’s Reproacher.

“Nothing to Save” contains 11 crusty, sludge fuelled hardcore tracks, overflowing with bile and rage. The fact that Reproacher wouldn’t sound out of place on a bill with Cursed, Full of Hell, Baptists et al is big praise indeed, but one the band wholeheartedly deserves with this release.

As soon as Intro’s pummelling build up is complete, Reproacher lurch into Casemate, complete with Colohan-esque distorted vocals, short grind bursts, dissonant breaks and a propulsive tempo, with the latter three setting the band apart from the many Cursed copyists formed in their wake. Further across the first part of the album, Reproacher fuse elements of d-beat, sludge, hardcore and Converge style tempo changes and dissonance into a disgustingly cohesive whole.   

With Ballast, the band has crafted a perfect centrepiece to the album. Slowing things down ever so slightly and giving more emotional weight to the bleak and desolate lyrical content, the track ends with a plaintive, mournful riff bringing the first half of the album to a suitably grim climax.

Marginal Being’s downtempo, doomy intro belies the tracks surge into furious hardcore, whilst The Champion is Fucked tells of the treachery often born of greed and ambition over a furious amalgam of grind and d-beat hardcore.

Nothing to Save closes with New Skin, opening with a slow feedback laden riff that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from Manatees, before settling into a calmer passage that’s ends the record in an unexpectedly thought provoking manner.

Nothing to Save is a remarkable album, marrying grind, crust, sludge and hardcore, yet never failing to provide anything other than caustic forward momentum. The inclusion of more subdued moments adds wonderfully to emotional weight of the lyrics whilst also giving the record great replay value.
Basically it rules.

Reproacher are about to set out on a huge trek across N. America with Primitive Man so if your local to any of the shows go out and support DIY hardcore/sludge and two fantastic bands while you do so. Their merch store is currently stocked with cheap as fuck items to help them fund the tour so us Europeans will have to make do with that until they (hopefully) make their way across the pond. 

Words by: Rich Powley

As ever, show your support to the band by checking them out at the various links.  You can buy their CD at merch and DD via their bandcamp. This record is available now. Thanks as always to EarSplit PR for the hook up.

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