Milestones – Crutches


Irish post hardcore band Milestones have announced they have a new release scheduled for later in the summer by unveiling a pair of songs from the forthcoming four track EP. The pair of brawling confrontations simply owns the ear and senses with an enterprise and aggression which declares the band at their most potent yet whilst transforming the appetite for the forthcoming Guys With Beards Records released Blight which will be released on tape/download only, to impatient hunger.

The Dublin quintet of vocalist Peter Kealy, guitarists Jack Marmion and Rafino Murphy, bassist Keith Fish, and Keith Davis on drums, first caught our ear and passion with previous EP Entropy released via Irish independent, Savour Your Scene Records. It was a raw and abrasive assault which bred a strong focus on and greed for the band’s insatiably provocative sound. Rising from the ashes of Out of Nowhere in April 2011, the band has been no stranger to attention, their three track demo Blood earning good praise as did following tracks The Boats and Gone With The Wind upon release. Live performances alongside the likes of Bury Your Dead, Betrayal, and Stick Around only enhanced their presence as did their own impressive shows but it would be fair to say the pair of songs just unveiled find the band at a new plateau of creativity and sonic brutality. When receiving contact about the songs from Keith Davis it has to be said our juices instantly rose up but even that anticipation did not imagine the might ahead of us.

Both Crutches and Doldrums chew up ear and senses, their caustic mix of hardcore and punk blistered into a fresh and predatory sonic acid with complimentary lyrical and vocal burning. Crutches instantly stakes a claim as the best thing the band has ever brewed up in their destructive invention, the track raging with sonic spittle flying from every riff and melodic teasing whilst each syllable finds a mutual toxin of biting venom. Across its demanding gait the song unleashes a fury of energy and merciless intensity but with ease also slows it to a prowling rapaciousness at times which is arguably even more menacing and corrosive than when things reach maelstrom proportions. Kealy ravages words and senses with his expected unbridled spite but finds more expression than ever before and framed within the outstanding rhythmic attack of Davis, as the guitars and bass unleash their viciously licking flames across their bow, it is a contagious yet overwhelming ferociousness of sheer joy.

Doldrums equally sends the body into cowering shock before its demanding and shifting abuse, the bass of Fish especially threatening and absorbing with its throat tearing growl. The track into its stride is rock ‘n’ roll at its nasty best, the band employing much more than that original post hardcore tag suggests. It is a savage and invigorating onslaught which leaves the listener a wasted grinning shell, its scintillating violence seducing and sucking forth the life from their energy but igniting stronger passion.

Milestones already suggested they were a cut above the other similarly sculpted bands but these Ciaran Parnell produced songs set them well apart and sets Blight on a suggested pedestal which you just know it will rule with ease. Roll on the summer is all that is left to say.


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