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Strangers

Strangers: HoldingHolding (2007)
Australia and New Zealand

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Strangers are no strangers to powerful, crust/D-beat-inflected hardcore, metallic flair and abrasive vocals all intact. This New Zealand outfit proves it with their nicely packaged four-song CD-R demo EP, Holding. If Tragedy establishes their dynamic with brooding paths and their surprisingly mor.
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Strangers are no strangers to powerful, crust/D-beat-inflected hardcore, metallic flair and abrasive vocals all intact. This New Zealand outfit proves it with their nicely packaged four-song CD-R demo EP, Holding.

If Tragedy establishes their dynamic with brooding paths and their surprisingly more reflective passages, then Strangers do it simply with some light modern influence; there's a little aural burliness, some pounding stop-starts and expertly crafted mini-breakdowns, and it helps break up what could otherwise be a monotonous beat. There are also moments where it seems the band already know the art of building and breaking down a song, as shown briefly in "Howl," where vocalist Rhydian is left to howl alone over pummeling drums, making for a strong finish in "Teenagers." Rhydian's general intensity and a frothy recording give the band a monstrous yet raw sound.

The band also tread some dark lyrical paths, composing oddly literary works that feel like classic narratives ("The next day I begged him not to let me starve, and he sneered and leapt and tore; all the while he laughed. So I lay bleeding with saliva on my throat, his shadow beckoned over me and I thanked God, for I hadn't died alone"). It strongly enhances Holding's hallowed feel.

Overall we've got something special brewing here. If Strangers manage to effortlessly stretch this type of experience to even a half-hour it'll be a wild one.

Teenagers

 


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Anonymous (February 21, 2007)

said it before, say it again: Brain putting links after the end of the reviews is awesome and everyone else should take his lead.

Anonymous (February 21, 2007)

succinct review!

i've never heard of these guys before, but the mp3 sounds positively groovy!!

i'll definitely look into this band some more!

theonetruebill (February 21, 2007)

This song is pretty good.

Anonymous (February 20, 2007)

wow...this is good. these guys manage to make one hell of a vicious hardcore sound.

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