Louder Than War Video Premiere: The Hard Way – brutal breakcore trio from The Greater EuropePhoto of The Hard Way © Tom Hamel

We’re thrilled to be able to bring you a video premiere by one of the most powerful, unrelentingly brilliant bands ever to grace these pages. That band are The Hard Way and they’re a brutal breakcore trio from The Greater Europe featuring Peel favourite Bong-Ra. Scroll right down for the video, Total Fucking Nihilism, less far for more details about the band.

I can tell you now, this is not for the faint hearted. Press play on the video below at your peril as The Hard Way specialise in massively, abrasively, prepare to attack from all sides of the heavy music spectrum. You get heavy techno the like of which Alec Empire would be more than happy to claim as his own meeting face-to-face with dirty great hardcore kicks and pounding guitar riffs. Add in occasional distorted vocals and you’re probably somewhere near imagining what The Hard Way sound like. It’s dirty, it’s ferocious, it’s relentless and by golly it’s good. This is The Hard Way.

The Hard Way come from good stock. Amongst their number is the awesome Bong-Ra. Peel listeners will remember the great man was a big Bong-Ra fan, regularly playing his music during the early 2000s. Hec, Bong-Ra even recorded a session for Peel. He’s been a pioneer of uncompromising breakbeat stylings for over a decade now. Joining him is long serving star of the drum and bass field Limewax, one of the pioneers of the new heavy drum and bass sound. He’s much respected as being a doyen of the relentless and the ruthless and even originated his own genre – skullstep. The final piece in The Hard Way’s jigsaw is Thrasher, head honcho of ever rising PRSPCT Recordings, the world’s leading label in hardcore drum and bass music, who are expanding boundaries of heaviness with every release.

They’re the players, what about the music? Lets turn to the press release to educate us about that:

Few live acts really capture the pure rawness of punk with the power of electronics. There is no fancy bullshit or political message, just an explosion of energy and power. Pushing the limits of provocation, musically and visually.

It’s music, they say, that reflects the current sign of the times: aggressive, nihilistic and completely ruthless.

Here’s what Bong-Ra said about the coming together of these three titan of the extreme noise world:

“It was clear that what we have in common is our sound and style and most importantly the attitude and view we have towards the music industry and being an artist. The (nihilistic) rock ‘n’ roll attitude is probably what linked us the most and makes it bearable to hang out with each other, haha.”

The Hard Way’s self-titled debut album will be released in March 2014. It is, we’re assured, set out to be a complete sonic onslaught! Check out the track listing and details re: how to pre-order below the video.


Album Tracklisting:

  • No Snow No Show
  • Devil Worshipping Motherfuckers
  • Dead Rockstars
  • The Hard Way
  • Meatstick
  • Total Fuckin Nihilism
  • Sodomizer
  • Halal Breaks (Bring The Porkchops)
  • THW Wrecking Crew
  • Suck Satan’s Cock (1997 VIP)
  • Pentagram Of Coke
  • Humor Of The Tumor
  • Crackhouse Warming Party
  • Devil Worshipping Motherfuckers (Live)

The album can be pre-ordered either from The Hard Way’s Bandcamp: thehardway666.bandcamp.com or Big Cartel page: thehardway.bigcartel.com. The album is due out on PRSPCT Recordings.


The Hard Way’s website is here: thehardway.xxx. They’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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