Stepping forward to brawl with the senses and ignite their hunger at the same time, Norwegian hardcore band IEatHeartAttacks is one of those thrilling introductions which proves that noise annoys is a term coined by the clinically uninspired. The pair of brothers making up the band challenge with a wonderful abrasion of sonic provocation and addictive imagination which toys with pain and seduction, though even that has a willing cost in sanity such the unpredictable fury and corrosive breath at work.
The bio for the band simply says ‘Two guys from the same womb got together and started playing hardcore.’ Those musicians are Jon Iver Myren and Arne Mathias Myren, siblings offering a guitar and drum attack with squalling vocals which wring every ounce of passion and spite from their words. Other than that and the fact that their new EP You Don’t Need Oxygen To Walk On This Fake Moon was recorded in January at RUB Studios, produced by Erik Fossmo, engineered and mixed by Terry Smith, and is wrapped in the artwork of Jan Magne Abel Opsahl, there is not much more we can tell you about the creators of this fine release. It does follow their previous also impressive two track release ...And The Pianos Become The Teeth and cements the band as one to keep a close eye and ear upon; whether they can make a major breakthrough is hard to predict as with any band, but the prospect of them producing more intriguing and contagious sounds is surely a given.
The release immediately sets the passions on alert with the opening to Black Hearts, the scaly rust coated grooves which flare up simply delicious whilst the storming drum rhythms equally incite an immediate awakening of the senses. The vocals scar with their caustic embrace, the squalling storm of expression demanding whilst the music and its shifting presence and ideas enthralling. It is a dramatic and contagious union which leaves exhausted satisfaction in its wake even at its brief length. It is an immense start which already has forged a strong connection between thoughts, passion, and the release.
The following Refuge Tropicana springs from a distance before pouncing with its intensity primed and hunger gnawing at the ear. It is a less forceful encounter compared to its predecessor yet has an intimidation and strength which is equally imposing and caging. Again the rhythms round up the appetite with their rolling and roaming rapaciousness whilst the vocals engrain their raucous voice deeper into the lure of the release. Though not close enough to be in touching distance of two minutes, the incendiary temptation of the guitar and its sonic beckoning as well as the bulging rampancy of those beats makes its swiping attack irresistible.
Both E.I.I.E and Two-step Paranoia explore the wounds made with masterful craft and thought, the first with a simple yet impossibly potent grilling of riffs and sonic groove littered expression whilst the closing song on the EP is a final tempest of provocation, the drums asking the questions and the guitar coaxing the answers forth, whilst the vocals dispute everything. It is a tremendous end to an outstanding release.
If you are looking for some adventure and something different from your hardcore then IEatHeartAttacks and the You Don’t Need Oxygen To Walk On This Fake Moon EP is a must and as it is available as a free download from http://ieatheartattacks.bandcamp.com/ why are you still here?
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