Monday, February 28, 2011

Blacken The Skies - Self Titled (2003)


"Blacken The Skies was a crust punk/hardcore band from Chapel Hill and Greensboro North Carolina. Members went on to form Requiem with former members of Catharsis. They put a record out on Crimethinc. records before disbanding."

HOLY FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK! My first reaction when I first went through this album. Oh my word is this fucking incredible or what?!?! Being the bands only release, it sure is one KICK ASS album! When I think of the word "neocrust" this is the EXACT sound I think of. After I extracted the file and saw there were a few lengthy tracks, an instrumental track, and an 11 minute outro, I knew some serious shit was about to go down. I also knew ahead of time that there were female vocals so I wasn't going to be disappointed but MAN, does the spoken word in this fucking rock or what? I Am An Anarchist is without a doubt my favorite track on this album. Yes, I know it sounds corny and all but it has all the elements I could ever want in a band like this. The drums are just all out explosive and really add to the element of the sound. The guitar riffs are very progressive sounding, almost too progressive sounding for a crust band. Vocals on this album are top notch and used to the best of their ability in every way possible. Overall, this has to be ranked in my favorite top 10 neocrust albums. Seriously folks, if you don't have this GET IT!!!

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