antikaroshi 11 Songs Mostly Written and Played On Wednesday Evening (LP, £17.50)label: exile on mainstream
THE ANTIKAROSHI present their fourth album on Exile On Mainstream, making their own existence a topic and questioning their approaches in a much more self-referential attitude than ever before. On their previous recordings, the band established themselves as a band with longevity, a band who draw upon their roots in DC punk and hardcore but rework the ideas to create music that is at times unexpected and always unconventional. In fact, the three-piece hailing from Potsdam, Germany is the very antithesis of convention, and on their brand new album they take it one step further. The result is once more an album presenting songs which travel through emotional landscapes, break out, reunite, collaborate, swim in melodies and crawl through disharmonics, bringing us knee-deep wallowing in the downward spiral that is categorisation. They rock hard but stay away from typical “Rock Codes”, turning the song into a track and vice versa, yet avoiding mainstream stereotypes.
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