i really like the setup's early stuff. their first two records 'the pretense of normality' and 'minister of death' are real steamrolling metallic hardcore galore. the record they released afterwards called 'torchbearer' never made it to my ears due to never being pressed to vinyl. so i'm not sure if the new direction they are going started with 'this thing of ours' or with the last album. but anyway, this new record is a hell of a good hardcore record.
good mix between up- and mid-tempo parts, loads of great melodies and nice crew shouts. all the ingredients needed for a well-tolerated dose of european hardcore. reminds me sometimes of old blacklisted. check the songs 'trapped under the weight', 'walking blind' and 'burn'. if i would do such thing as a best-of-year-list, this great record would probably make it into the top five.
actually i'm bit surprised at why my mate willem didn't post about this earlier. as these guys are coming from belgium and their music should be right up his alley, i can't see why he seems to be sleeping on them. you living under a rock lately or what? just kidding, man!
i pre-ordered this thing as soon as it was up. i struggled a bit with what colour i should take. the following options were and still are available: 200 on black, 125 on blue, 100 on red and 75 copies on grey that were originally bound to a pre-order package which i didn't want to spend extra bucks on (you can buy it seperately now). at first i was flirting with the blue vinyl which i simply like as a colour. but then i opted for the red because it matches the cover a little bit looking at the 'this thing of ours' lettering and because it is more limited.
beatdown hardwear records. 2013.