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Album Review: Alamort by Ducking Punches

Ducking Punches released their new album Alamort via Xtra Mile on 16th February. With the album’s title taken from an archaic term meaning ‘half dead from exhaustion’, Alamort offers a solemn pretext to the nerve-shattering lifestyle and backbreaking work ethic that formed the backdrop of this often brutally honest record. Allen said:

“Alamort seemed a fitting title for what myself and the band had been through recently. Some of these songs are frighteningly honest but it has been really therapeutic to write. Themes of the album range from crippling self-doubt to death, friendship, love, witch-hunters, addiction and hope.”

In follow up to 2016’s Fizzy Blood, this is a rip-roaring punk riot through 11 tracks and 38 minutes. If brutally honest punk rock is your thing then you couldn’t ask for anything more. Full of bangers, things may get dark but you can’t help but feel optimistic and as if there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Gone are the last remnants of the band’s folk-punk sound with the band focusing solely on the punk and hardcore tinged punk they’ve touch upon. ‘Sobriety’, ‘Smoking Spot’, ‘Distant Shadows’ and ‘The Club With No Name’ are the big standout tracks with final track ‘I Was Uncomfortable’ topping things off in exemplary fashion. There’s touches of Iron Chic to Ducking Punches and perhaps this the album that Iron Chic’s last effort should have been.

A record that can be listened to on repeat without getting slightly tired.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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