BEYOND PINK: Pride and Prejudice: 12″

Pride and Prejudice cover art

BEYOND PINK from Malmö, Sweden has been playing together since 2001 and have had a few previous releases before this, but this really shows how far they’ve come through all the others to this tight and powerful release. On this second album from this all female band, you get ten blazing punk / hardcore songs in both English and Swedish.

This album is full of sing-along choruses, slightly metallic breaks, pissed-off vocals, pounding drums, great leads and solos, and thick bass. Infectious songs from start to finish with energy, anger and intensity that a lot of other bands can’t pull of nearly as well as BEYOND PINK does. The production is fantastic with everything nice and clear in the mix, nothing to get in the way of the devastation that is on display here. There is not one weak track on this album, matter of fact, it’s too damn short in my opinion, I want more from this band and I hope that they get more music recorded soon.

This is one of the best punk albums that I’ve heard in a long time, I can’t stop playing this and singing along…well, at least to the songs I can understand that is. I wish that more bands put this much effort into their releases and took the time to make it as good as possible and not just put out whatever.

NO QUALMS: Hyenas: 7″

No Qualms - Hyenas EP cover art

This is some really crazed hardcore / fast core blended with power violence that will slam you against the wall and keep you there until the single is over, luckily at around twelve minutes, you aren’t stuck there all day, unless you have this on repeat that is.

Hyenas is one wild ride and I didn’t want it to stop, I mean, you get super rough vocals, crazed drumming, guitar wailing like crazy and the bass just pounding away to create a cacophony of glorious noise that I had to play it again. Such a powerful and intense single with an amazing amount of energy running throughout the eight songs in around six minutes and some change, that this is one that you will put on repeat and start a pit up in your house.

This Florida band really shines on this single, now I have to go and find more music by them so I can get my fix until they put out some more tunes.