Hateful Monday

Hateful Monday


Torch of Hope Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Long running Switzerland skate-punk act Hateful Monday has based their career around everything you love about 90’s skate-punk.  Fast, melodic, and lyrically bright, the band bares all the markings of a talented punk rock band that isn’t ashamed to follow their passion.  Their latest full length, Unfrightened, serves as a statement of intent of their lasting commitment to their craft.  

The message is clear right from the get go, with the album’s themes centring around the band’s refusal to let their aging identities stifle their commitment.  In opener “As Far As I Can Remember,” vocalist “Reverend” Seb lays out his case, stating confidently that “As far as I can remember, I’ve always been a punk-rocker, as long as it keeps me alive, I know things gonna be alright.”  “Dorian Gray Syndrome” echoes a similar sentiment, exploring the unyielding tick of the clock and surreal sense of looking at an dusty class photo only to realize that thirty years has passed on by.  The song advances at a blistering pace, mirroring the quick passage of time with breakneck drumming and a sweeping melodic chorus.  

But the entire album isn’t built on simple self reflection, as the trio further channels their quick paced punk rock to make outward observations.  For instance, “I.N.I.T.I.A.L.S. (The greatest song ever)” takes a mere forty-four seconds to rattle off a sizeable list of legacy acts like “GBH JFA RKL DOA DRI DYS AFI MN8” and arrive at the smirk worthy conclusion that “All the best bands have only initials for names, except of course for us and Bad Religion.”  Other times, Hateful Monday dabbles in political themes.  “Nuclear Optimism (is so 50’s)” reflects on the state of international affairs and questions prevailing wisdom, condemning the merciless spread and sweeping reach of “The haze of our arrogance.”  These songs reach their target and communicate effectively in two very different ways.

Hateful Monday fits right in amidst contemporaries like Rebuilder, Strike Twelve, The Decline, and so many more that continue to wave the now classic EpiFat flag of the 90’s.  While there isn’t exactly anything new to phone home about, Hateful Monday is true to their sound and embeds their music with heart and soul of the genre they so clearly hold dear.  Fans of that melodic 90’s EpiFat sound stand to gain much from Unfrightened.

Video: Hateful Monday – Life Events

Hateful MondaySwiss punk act, Hateful Monday, has premiered a new music video for the song “Life Events.”  The track appears on their latest album, Unfrightened, which dropped back on September 15, 2017 via Torch Of Hope Records and Kicking Records.

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Darko Bonsai Mammoth


Bonsai Mammoth

Bird Attack Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Guildford, UK based melodic hardcore quintet Darko have unleashed their latest release, Bonsai Mammoth, via Bird Attack Records (US),Lockjaw Records (UK), Torch of Hope Records (JP) and Giljotina Records (SI). Despite Darko‘s longevity this is their debut full length and it follows on from the steady stream of EP’s and singles that have littered their history. The album was released yesterday, the 3rd February 2017, and is now available to purchase on vinyl and CD, and Bonsai Mammoth can also be streamed and ordered digitally.

Bonsai Mammoth starts with some light, almost jazz, chords, this worrying start is thankfully short lived, at the 25 second mark the album jump starts with the frantic hardcore infused skate punk of the opening track, Life Forms. Bonsai Mammoth continues in this vein, with the exception of the brief mellow strains of The Chernobyl Effect, a track that acts as a brief mid point intermission to the relentless punk assault. The pace and intensity contained on Bonsai Mammoth is unrelenting, but the style in which it is delivered remains varied, encompassing hardcore, melodic hardcore and skate punk, along with a few technical math rock flourishes that add a technical element to their delivery.

This is the sound of a band that is experiencing something of a renaissance in their sound, Darko have been with us for a while now, their debut EP was released back in 2010, and Bonsai Mammoth sounds tighter and more focused and intense than anything Darko have previously released. This is a somewhat relentless release, with the sole exception of the brief instrumental that acts as a mid distance marker, that is a full on hardcore assault from start to end, one that sits at the extreme end of the melodic hardcore spectrum. As Darko approach the milestone of a decade together Bonsai Mammoth is an indicator that this is a band that clearly has a lot more to offer.

Darko‘s Facebook presence can be found here, their Bandcamp is here and their website is here

Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and purchased via Bird Attack Records here

Darko Release ‘Bonsai Mammoth’ Album

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have officially released their new album, Bonsai Mammoth, on all formats through Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). Darko will play a special one off European release show on February 18th at Desi, Nuremberg before returning to the UK for a series of tour dates that precede an appearance at EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia in the summer.

Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and ordered here (UK) and here (US) and the ltd edition cassette can be purchased here

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Darko Announce Tour Dates And Stream of New Song

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have announced the first batch of 2017 tour dates in support of the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on on February 3rd via Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). The tour dates include a hometown release show in Guildford, a European release show and an appearance at EXIT Festival in Serbia.

You can stream the new track Set In Our Ways here,

Bonsai Mammoth can be pre-ordered here (US) and here (UK)

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