World Against World - _When the Day Breaks and the Shadows Flee Away_
(Bulletproof, 1998)
by: Alex Cantwell (8 out of 10)
There once was a band called Spudgun who played simple, old-school hardcore punk, and in 1997 put out a self-titled album that no one really liked. Enter 1998, and two of the young men who were in Spudgun get inspired with fresh vision and inspiration, employ the drummer from Canadian hardcore monsters Warlord and record a somewhat incredible (and bound to be overlooked) avantgarde hardcore album infused with doom. What a shocker. While _WtDBatSFA_ is not something I would want to listen to everyday, put in proper perspective, it is an incredible album. I think that their music would still be considered hardcore of sorts, but there is a lot of doom, and some progressive work here as well. The lyrics are very in-depth, and strikingly positive, and are all part of an intellectual feast. With song titles such as "We Dance With the Moment on the 2nd Story of Finality, Unaware of the Flames Slowly Spreading Up the Stairs", with distorted bass as your guide, you know you're in for something -- what that might be I don't know, but you're definitely in for something.

(article published 16/1/1999)


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