With government and surrounding politicians alone providing enough fuel to their fire of anger and dispute, UK punks Botched Toe are poised to release the reins on their debut album, A False Glimmer Of Hope. It is ten tracks of feral resentment and contagious ferocity making for eighteen minutes of senses blistering, thought provoking goading; a predacious hounding of our corrupt leaders and a tide of tiredness evoked apathy seemingly wrapping a society and the lives within being ravaged at every angle.
Botched Toe is an incitement uniting the qualities of four musicians who have already aroused the senses as part of numerous ear gripping bands. It brings together the craft and ire of guitarist Dan Flanagan (Haest / Knife Club / Matilda’s Scoundrels), drummer Marcus Green (Feral State / Hazard Profile / Kittie Shitter), and bassist James Baughurst (Matilda’s Scoundrels); an uncompromising line-up headed by inimitable vocalist/lyricist James Domestic (The Domestics / Pi$$Er / Tokyo Lungs / Körd Varld / Hazard Profile). Uniting their fertile creative irritability and emotional resentment, the four present a hardcore punk bred wrath of sound and accusation which is as addictively infectious as it is blisteringly uncomfortable.
Fair to say that the moment album opener, Black Dog, opened its rhythmic manipulation, beats a rallying of attention, ears and appetite were gripped and only inflamed by the waves of toxic riffs coming from Flanagan. With rhythmic incitement continuing to orchestrate body and captivation, calmer moments of harassment only bred greater urgency and rapacity in the sonically violent eruptions of the track which surround them, it an infestation of physical tempting with Domestic sparking further fury and a stirring of our thoughts.
With an instantly ominous breath Third World War launches at ears in suitably combative mood, bass and drums driving the animosity as riffs savage and vocals blast. There is a great old school punk hue to its driving catchiness and modern day creative turbulence in its condemnation while Useless Ammunition prowls the listener jabbing and striking with increasing rancor and virulent ravening.
The first three songs already suggested our favourite track choice would have many contenders, next up Government Shtick adding its nomination through waspish grooves and esurient beats. Yet there is a mercy to its hostility which embraces a melodically siren like tempting and a weave of imagination which again had ears enthralled as our spirit rose up in dispute.
As the song Botched Toe compellingly harassed and bullied and successor Soul Smash from a sonic mist stalked the senses with raging enmity, A False Glimmer Of Hope only gripped tighter. As those before, each song revelled in their individuality within the release and a united punk vilification of those who externally shape our lives, Domestic lyrically and in breath imploring we take control of our reactions and destinies.
This Competition is a punk reproval which nagged its way under the skin with hungry discontent with the following Cream emerging as a menace loaded prowler of the senses and one’s inner security. The track is superb another major favourite with its intimidating air and caustic winds, each again led to arms and persuasion by Domestic’s unforgiving and arousing tones.
The final pair of Dead Persona and One Way Ticket brings the release to a gripping close, the first a beast of warring quarrel and friction bearing infectiousness with the second a slice of viral punk ‘n’ roll with its own breath of invasive discord and insatiable outrage. Both songs hit the already bruised spot with relish and addictive prowess as they brought the captivation of A False Glimmer Of Hope to a level matching the height of its invasive grievance.
Botched Toe breed hardcore and punk rock at its collusive best with A False Glimmer Of Hope an incitement of pleasure and arousal which should not be ignored.
A False Glimmer Of Hope is released February 11th digitally and on standard black vinyl or limited pink vinyl through the combined support of Kibou Records (UK), Toxic Wotsit Records (UK), and Amok Records (Germany) with Ltd Ed copies on 25 black/25 pink Cassette via No Time Records (USA), and 30 copies on transparent pink on Pike Records (Sweden).
Pre-ordering is available now so hit the name links above.
Pete RingMaster 03/02/2022
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