NO COAST/JACKALS -SPLIT
Out now On Dog Knights Productions
Review by Matthew Tilt
No Coast are the thrashcore, bastard babies of the U.K. scene. Their insane sound, complete with spazzy time signatures and strained vocals is caustic and violent to say the least, and they quickly prove their worth on their side of this split with Jackals, a band with a fairly decent fanbase in the U.K. underground.
Noise Nest sets you up for what No Coast are all about; swirling guitar lines build up until we hitting an explosive moment of frantic drumming and riffing, the screams come in and the rest of the song plays out in the form of the some of the more insane hardcore you’re likely to hear. Beardrider continues the trend, and Heels brings back the insane bursts of riffing, ending in a mid paced crush that surrounds the listener. A great, and surprisingly well produced introduction to the band.
Jackals continue their mid paced assault that they’ve shown over their other releases, but the biggest surprise is the frankly awesome Dead Kennedys’ cover which is sandwiched between their own tracks. Those classic punks would be proud of this lot as they blast through Chemical Warfare with all the gusto and anger of the original. A cover to match Nazi Punks Fuck Off? Quite possibly.
Take Everything and Reclaim it, Why Bother? are much more typical of Jackals’ style. The duel vocals sound as impressive as ever, and their sound is darker then the frantic energy shown by No Coast. The guitars incorporate everything from almost emo style riffs to classic hardcore, and both vocalists sound as impressive as they’ve ever been. A vicious explosion from two of the most promising bands in the U.K. at the moment and all packaged on the duel coloured vinyl, lovingly put together by Dog Knights Productions, a label as deserving as the two bands showcased here.