Attitude. For punk and hardcore it is 50% of the appeal. You can buy 3000 euro guitars, point to point soldered boutique amps and vintage pedals but if you haven’t got that anger, you will never be able to play HC/punk properly. That’s why Agnostic Front’s “Victim in Pain” is a classic despite being one of the worst produced albums ever (and the solo on the opening track is awesome in its awfulness).
In that regard Black Heroin from Ghent, Belgium is about as authentic as they come. 6 tracks in less than 9 minutes, recorded in a squat... This is straightforward oldschool hardcore that seems to be making a slow revival.
It will be probably take you longer to read this review than to listen to the actual demo but why not go over the tracks, just for laughs?
Opening track “Idiots” starts off a bit meek and forced but once the intro is over, you’re in for some good, fast, underproduced stuff.
Follow-up cover Angry Samoans “Todd Killings” is over before you know it and “Wake Up” is short and barky. “Religions” and “Treachery”, with 2 minutes runtime the longest song because one of the guitar players wanted to do a solo, are the two best tracks. The band seems to be playing a bit tighter while the frustration and anger just explode in your face.
Final track “Revenge” closes the demo.
What is their left to say? Black Heroin. Hardcore from Ghent, the hipster capital of Belgium. Not super innovative but true to the ideals of their music: don’t wait for approval, just get up there and do it.
- Ivo VirusWithShoes-
Luckily you don’t have to find a squatted house to get your vintage hardcore. Just lay back in your comfortable sofa and visit: https://blackheroin.bandcamp.com/album/demo