Friday, February 21, 2014


The official release date for the first Shackles full length, "Forced To Regress" is today, though I received this in the mail from Resist Records near the beginning of the week. Limited blue wax of 100 copies. Certainly the hardest working band in Australian hardcore right now, these guys have built up an intimidating catalogue over the last two years and have toured relentlessly in support of it. It's not hard to see why Resist were interested in releasing their album. In terms of sound, this thing doesn't stray at all from the sound they've developed in the last 18 months- abhorrent, mosh peppered metallic PV of the loudest order. Mark's vocals are at their burliest, and the sound that engineer Chris Brownbill has captured would easily be the nastiest example of the band yet. I think this will please a lot of Australians.

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