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American Standards Anti Melody

American Standards

Anti-Melody

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

American Standards have been around since 2011, all the while they’ve been steadily building up a loyal following through their relentless tour schedule and intense live performances, including sharing stages with the likes of Every Time I Die, Norma Jean and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The chaotic hardcore quartet have now announced that their upcoming debut full length, Anti-Melody, that follows on from their 2012 debut release Still Life, is set to be released on April 28th and will be available via all digital music outlets.

Anti-Melody kicks off with the lead single, Writers Block Party, and it’s an instant wake up call of brutal thrash tinged hardcore that’s followed up by the spiky Carpe Diem, Tomorrow. This is not an album that becomes a relentless blur where the tracks merge into each other, each song on Anti-Melody has it’s own distinct character, from the intense Church Burner, that harks back to the crossover thrash of the 1980’s, through the slow burning Bartenders Without Wings and the intense Cancer Eater to the album’s pummelling epic, at least by hardcore standards, finale, Chicago Overcoat.

Anti-Melody is an album that delivers eight tracks that manage to span the differing styles of hardcore that have evolved over the years, all the while maintaining a consistently brutal approach on each track, American Standards maintain the spirit and anger of the first wave of hardcore bands, whilst bringing their own defiant spirit and style to Anti-Melody. Given the state of world politics and the rise of the far right, the defiant protest of the hardcore scene as never been as needed or as relevant as it is right now, and for me American Standards are right there on the front line.

Anti-Melody can be pre-ordered via American Standards Bandcamp here

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American Standards To Release ‘Anti-Melody’ Album

American Standards Anti MelodyChaotic hardcore quartet, American Standards have announced their upcoming full length, Anti-Melody, is set to be released on April 28th and will be available via all digital music outlets. The band have released a video for the first single from the new album, Writers Block Party, that provides a glimpse into what to expect from American Standards new record.

Anti-Melody can be pre-ordered via American Standards Bandcamp here

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American Standards

Hungry Hands EP

Enjoyment Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Hungry Hands, the latest release from Arizona noise punks American Standards delivers three tracks of blistering intensity that should come with a health warning. From the opening bars of Casket Party, the bludgeoning riffs take you on a ride that could have some fearing for the lives..or at the very least worried about their long term hearing. You can imagine this band leaving everything in their wake in a state of post-apocalyptic chaos. Distortion rules, punctuated with stoner rock riffs and chant-a-long choruses that you don’t even care what they say as you’ll be so carried away with being angry at whatever these guys are angry about (note, they they seem super angry)!

With Circus Rats there is no let up in the intensity, even if the pace drops slightly. The vocals are delivered with a venom and energy which hit you like a punch to the sternum. Midway through, the chaos ends and is replaced with a simple piano and guitar melody which is mercilessly cut off with a slice of distortion and we’re thrown back into the chaos for a few seconds before it does finally come to an end. The Complex Death Machine continues the chaotic theme, with the instruments converging with the vocals to draw this EP to a close in a perfect storm of distortion, melody and brutality.

It is actually difficult to say whether I even really like this EP, I mean I think I do, but it’s almost the musical equivalent of watching a car crash, in that you don’t really want to look(or in this case listen), but you do. You might even go past again for a second glimpse. Or possibly a third. What I can say is that it is certainly a release that will take multiple listens to appreciate the complexity, and those that persevere will be rewarded.