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Album Review: I: Levensmoehied by Every Stranger Looks Like You

Belgian post hardcore act Every Stranger Looks Like You returned on the 15th October with the first part of a diptych I: Levensmoehied. “Levensmoeheid” can be best translated as “the tiredness induced by living”, but ESLLY sound anything but tired.

We were hugely impressed by their 2017 debut Bluest Shade Of Black and we’re equally as enamoured by this release. It’s short (clocking in at just under 11 minutes) but it packs a serious punch. This is the band at their most visceral and aggressive.

The riffs are brutal and devastatingly heavy, the vocals couldn’t be anymore guttural and impassioned, and it couldn’t all come together any better. You’ll hear plenty of heavy hardcore albums this year, but what makes ESLLY unique is how immediate and catchy it is. From the very first notes of ‘Synnecrosis’ you’ll fall in love and want to have this one repeat.

Every track here packs a serious punch, but if you’re looking for an in go for the wonderfully chaotic and heavy ‘Halfway House’ and the experimental tones of ‘Bliss’.

Naturally there’s more to come and a release that will complement these six tracks, but this is an astounding first part. If the next part is anywhere near as good, then we’re in for a treat.

AD Rating 8/10

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