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Album Review: Bareback by Throat

Finnish noise rock act Throat release their sophomore album Bareback on 31st August via Svart Records. With a new and improved line-up, Throat spice up their version of 90s inspired noise rock with more melodic post-hardcore and indie rock ingredients yet show no fear in throwing influences from AOR all the way to harsh noise into the concoction. Bareback was recorded by Tom Brooke at Tonehaven Recording Studio. Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Converge, Cult of Luna) handled the mixing duties while Carl Saff (Big Business, Kowloon Walled City, Unsane) helmed the mastering.

While dissonance and feedback may still be at the heart of Throat those elements have been passed through experimentation with harmonies and sonic dynamics. Opener ‘Safe Unsound’ starts out relatively tame and listenable. It’s a gradual beast and there are tones of Andy Cairn’s to the swooning growl before the crunching guitars kick in to create a blistering rock song. From the six-minute onwards it goes full noise rock and boarders on the unlistenable.

‘No Hard Shoulder’ is a pulsating and stomping hard rock track that condenses the more abrasive noise rock elements before ‘Recut’ pummels and stuns the listener with huge, uncompromising riffs that while bathed in noise rock are a joy to behold and almost instantaneous. ‘Bone Strike’ is a rip-roaring slab of accessible noise rock with added noise experimentation, gloriously chaotic and exhilarating.

There’s scant opportunity for any respite during Bareback although the mechanic doom of ‘Shortage (Version)’ could be considered a relative calm in the storm. Albeit and pretty abrasive calm. ‘Born Old’ has a discordant punk feel before developing into stomping garage rock affair – there’s flourishes of noise rock interspersed into these expansive dynamic to create a diverse and wonderous landscape. ‘Rat Domain’ is devilishly brutal. The thunderous riffs rip through your head and send a shiver down your spine.

Closer ‘Maritime’ is the perfect finish to a progressive album – marrying the newfound zeal for experimentation and the noise rock core – an exhilarating finish to a roller-coaster album.

AD Raitn 7.5/10

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