Combining hardcore with touches of noise comes Kansas City’s own 34. Emerging from the depths with them is their self titled debut EP that features five pissed off and skull crushing songs. Hardcore is meant to be aggressive and meant to be a genre that is in your face constantly, and that is exactly what 34 does well. From the beginning these Kansas City dwellers jump down your throat with their anvil heavy approach to a genre that is already meant to be heavy and abrasive. Coupling their hardcore musical tendencies with their knack of injecting noise into their compositions, 34 comes out with an ear shredding debut.
This type of music is a boot on your throat, curb stomping style of play that makes you feel as though you have been through the wringer. Each song is heavy and packs more than a punch. 34 comes out swinging from the very beginning, and doesn’t let up for a second as they keep pummeling away with their brand of sledgehammer heavy, skull smashing intensity. Whatever you happen to be doing at the moment when you begin listening, you drop it immediately and feel a sudden adrenaline surge and a hostile rage build up, only for you to ransack your town and insight riots.
34’s self titled release beats you down and makes you feel small, but even then every song gets stuck in your head for one reason or another. It’s like the beating that you take while listening smashes into your brain hard enough that you can’t soon forget the pissed off listening experience. Out from your speakers blasts madness, rage and chaos that sears into your brain and chips off bits of your skull and frontal lobe.
Through each of the five songs you get heavy down tuned and jagged riffs paired with bass lines that are highly dangerous and lacerating only to be further assaulted by the drums that hammer you face in until you are completely unrecognizable. On top of the sickening musicianship are the vocals that were sure to make the vocalists throat bleed after a session. He screams at you from every angle with gravel filled screams and bellowing roars.
Everything that 34 throws at you is meant to make you feel uncomfortable and meant to make you feel a certain level of anger, and 34 accomplishes that and more throughout this release. This is neck snapping heavy, and even if these gents wanted to let up they never do. They play through you as though you never existed. This is a solid debut, one that takes no prisoners and one that doesn’t back down from anyone.
This release will be out through Fountain City Records on May 20, 2016!
Take a look at the band’s first single titled Alpha Blade.