Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lunglust - "Repetition is Hell" (Album Review)

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 04/03/2016
Label: War Fever Recordings |
Against All Odds Productions



This is a killer release from Lunglust, a perfect balance of straight-ahead rocking and sonic ambition that will keep you coming back for more. Repetition may be hell but in this case it leads to sweet punishment for the listener.


“Repitition is Hell” CS//DD//LP track listing:

1). Sovereign Ends
2). Thirteen Excuses
3). Arrows
4). Broken Idol
5). Godless State
6). Silver Tongue
7). America Debt
8). Revenge

The Review:

Boston has a rich history when it comes to metallic hardcore. Lunglust continue this fine tradition with a sound that bares the influence of the past, whilst pushing high-octane, heavy music in exciting new directions.  Ripping through eight tracks in just less than half an hour, “Repetition is Hell” is a blistering ride. The band’s exhilarating brand of filthy punk rock blends d-beat, hardcore, hints of grindcore and pushes everything into the red. Imagine Coliseum’sNo Salvation” turned up to 11 with raw gravel-gargling vocals and you get a good idea of the carnage you’re dealing with. There’s a healthy amount of sludgy riffs on display too, particularly towards the end of “Silver Tongue”.

Lunglust throw in a few unexpected twists and turns along the way that add real depth to the album. “Arrows” takes their winning formula and stretches it out to epic proportions. The drawn out climax echoes Converge’s most intense moments, the insistent riffs building tension before giving way to the glorious release of the furious “REPETITION IS HELL” refrain.

Godless State” adds an unexpected melodic edge to proceedings, echoing Envy’s grandiose wall of sound without compromising the band’s rough edges. The soaring lead guitar lines add an almost post-rock feel, it would be interesting to see the band investigate this further. The intros of “Sovereign Ends” and “Silver Tongue” hit the sweet spot between angular post-hardcore and frantic garage rock bringing a Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes fervour to the table that sits well with the band’s sludgy, heavier side.

This is a killer release from Lunglust, a perfect balance of straight-ahead rocking and sonic ambition that will keep you coming back for more. Repetition may be hell but in this case it leads to sweet punishment for the listener.

“Repetition is Hell” is available on LP here and Cassette here



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