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Music Review: Victims – Sirens (Tankcrimes)

Victimes - Sirens

Victims makes albums as if each one is the last one they will ever do. The energy and power that is backed by this massive hardcore unit is monstrous. This sixth release is as raw and abrasive as when they began. Maybe more seasoned and experienced at this point, it just allows the group to be just that much more consistent.

Each song is as anthemic as they come. “Reverse” is a blue-collar romp that with throw you into a dancing frenzy. I really cannot convey just how great of a hardcore song this is. It really acts as an adrenaline pump. “Seven” may be the most intense one minutes of your life. And then there is the expressive “Heal,” that utilizes prompt guitar chords to take the band to the next level. Say you are a Kiss fan. Think about the greatest Kiss song and how that makes you feel. Turn it into an explosive hardcore song, and you have the title track to this album.

Moving from Havoc to Deathwish and now Tankcrimes, you can imagine just who much fury is infused into these hardcore numbers. Victims is as much a frame of mind as they are activistic and away of the human emotions behind the tough guy stance. This is a band who is embracing life at full steam and emoting every ounce of sweat and muscle to make incredible music.

When I hear a song like “Behind,” and the guitar effects on the intro, it makes the heart race with anticipation to what is about to happen. When the band blows their top it’s just a dust storm of fantastic hardcore going at death race speeds. And as the guitars break off for just a moment, it builds perspective. And if that is enough, “Questions” goes one step beyond and fuels what may be my favorite hardcore posturing in years.

This album is top notch that will satiate every hardcore music fan.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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