Mongol Horde: Mongol Horde – album review

Mongol Horde – Mongol Horde (Xtra Mile Recordings)

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Frank Turner’s new hardcore incarnation unleashes their debut album. Ian Critchley enjoys the brutality and the fun.

Mongol Horde is the ravenous beast of a side project that is making the usual NME reading fans of Winchester’s Frank Turner piss their sissy little knickers. This, their d├ębut LP, is a musical headbutt to the groin of anyone who thought the man had gone soft since the days of Million Dead.

Not that the Horde is anything close to a rekindling of the flames made from the ashes of bands past, though Tapeworm Uprising definitely has a feel of Charlie And The Propaganda Myth Machine about it with any and all pop sensibilities dropped in exchange for straight up face melting riffs, larynx-shredding battle cries and belly acid boiling time shifts.

Mongol Horde is the immaculate conception child of 36 Crazyfists in full-on tantrum mode which brattily stomps through a lyrical tirade against emoticons, charlatans (not the band), and the communists for ruining Christmas.

 

If you’re looking for a less intense, and a whole lot more fun, incarnation of bands like Norma Jean and Dillinger Escape Plan then this it. Mongol Horde could easily serve as a gateway into a world of far more brutal music, the difference being that most “gateway” bands suck. But this really doesn’t. Check out Blistering Blue Barnacles if you don’t believe me.

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Mongol Horde is available through Xtra Mile Recordings and the band can be liked on Facebook.

All words by Ian Critchley, find his Louder Than War archive here.

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