CD / DL
A solid slab of hardcore punk rock from this time served Alabama outfit gets the Louder Than War thumbs up.
Random Conflict have been blasting out hardcore punk from Huntsville, Alabama since 1988. Consequently they have a sound that incorporates much of the best of the punk scene, a snatch of metal and a generous helping of hardcore but all grafted onto a punk rock frame.
It’s always difficult to write a review without referencing other bands and there are plenty who spring to mind when listening to this, their latest CD. The gruff but melodic vocals bring to mind the Dutch / Canadian punk rockers Brezhnev with maybe a hint of Lemmy influence (but then who isn’t influenced by Motorhead?). The sometimes frenetic guitar work, nice bright bouncy bass and powerful drum sound is screaming out Black Flag or Poison Idea. Comparison to just 1 of those 2 is a compliment of the highest order in punk rock circles and whilst many would love to think they sound like them, many don’t. Getting the picture, yet? Ok, they also remind me of Leftover Crack when they break into the ubiquitous punk goes ska on the opening track – but that’s not really representative of the overall sound.
The 12 tracks on offer have variety to keep you engaged with tempo changes from mid-paced rocking to fast breaks, plenty of stops & starts plus singalong choruses and a few “woah woahs” which tick all the right boxes.
There is a slightly misanthropic quality to Random Conflict – all good (bad?) punk rockers are usually full of disdain for “straight society”. They don’t like us? We don’t like them! But is it really misanthropy to hate people who spend their lives fucking over humanity and other people? On reflection no, the real misanthropes are the ones who say nothing and suck it up, watching humanity fuck itself and our planet. The world needs more anger and bile. You’ve only got one life so make it a noisy one!
As Random Conflict remind us: “Existence is not living, it’s just existing when you refuse to live life ”
Available from No Profit Records
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