Brutality Will Prevail: Scatter the Ashes – album review
Hard, Heavy, Brutal; these seem to be the key words in Chris Hearn’s review of the brand new Brutality Will Prevail album. Are you surprised?Â
If there is one thing I can say about these guys itâs that they sure got their name right. With Brutality Will Prevail, brutality really does prevail. As proof, I present to you exhibit A: BWP’s video for the single âPathâ from Scatter the Ashes. (See video below next paragraph.) Need I say anymore?
According to their Facebook page BWP are dubbed âdown-tempo hardcoreâ. Yup. Thatâs what it is alright. This is a heavy, dark hardcore album right here. It makes your chest rumble, your ears scream out in pain and your fists clench up waiting to be punched through the air! So, whatâs the official word? Hereâs what the press release for this album says about the band: âDrawing influence from doom, sludge and metallic hardcore, the BWP assault is one like no other: as visceral as it is accessible, the quintet effortlessly blend snarling riffs and devastating grooves with Ajay Jonesâ unique but distinctly memorable vocal hooks to create an gloriously grim wall of sound, crushingly heavy and anthemic in equal measure.â
Wow, just reading that makes me feel bombarded, beaten, battered and crushed. Do they match up to this blistering description? Yes, yes and yes. Brutality Will Prevail offer up quite the sonic assault. Musically, they remind me of Earth Crisis at their more metallic, downtuned finest. At times, they come across quite Hatebreed-ish. Vocalist Ajay Jones sounds a lot like Straight Facedâs John Miller to me. Basically, they are just a good, heavy, hardcore band that should please listeners of good, heavy hardcore. There have been no wheels reinvented here despite what that description implies. But Iâve said it before and I will say it again: If it ainât broke, donât fix it. This is good, straight up music done well, so just shut up and enjoy it, dammit!
If you happen to have 34 minutes, this is a well shot, well put together, high energy, good quality concert vid of BWP at Outbreak Fest from last January in Leeds. Itâs worth a watch or two to get a full on idea of what they are all about.
Scatter the Ashes is BWPâs third full length outing, released on Purgatory Records, a label that Ajay Jones âpioneeredâ and co-runs. The band, which formed in 2006 in South Wales, is rounded out by Nick, Ash, Marc and Jordan. Without meaning to be a jerk, those are perfect names for a Boy-Band side job if the hardcore thing doesnât pay the bills. Just keep it in mind guys, Iâm just saying, thatâs all.
But of course, I kid! I donât think it will be long before the hardcore thing does pay off, and big, for BWP. These guys are good at what they do. They have the right sound, the look and the quality to be up there with bands like Earth Crisis, Hatebreed, Terror (who they toured with through Europe with). Again, yet another review by me where I think the band is going to hit the big time. Iâve been saying that a lot lately. I hope that with one of these bands I will be on the money with that prediction! Good luck to Brutality Will Prevail! Could it be you guys?
Brutality Will Prevail are on FacebookÂ and twitter. They also have a tumblr page going as well as an official website. You can also find them on bandcamp. The band had some really cool looking coloured vinyl, but at the moment they appear to be sold out, at least according to their website. But, you can download the album on iTunes and Amazon.
All words by Chris Hearn, more writing by Chris on Louder Than War can be found here.