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EP Review: Against The Tide by Torchbearer

South Wales hardcore punk newcomers Torchbearer self-release their new EP Against The Tide on 12th July. Formed of ex-members of Blowgoat and Collapse, the quartet may be at the beginning of their journey, but they have enough passion and fight to direct themselves up the path of success.

For fans of Gallows, Every Time I Die and Comeback Kid, Against The Tide balances fierce, fast-paced riffs with groovy melodies and raw, husky roars with shout-along choruses, whilst the thunderous bass and frenzied drums drive the rhythm throughout the five tracks.

Opener ‘Time Served’ mixes a traditional punk structure with big heavy riffs and a visceral aggression that gets the blood rushing before ‘Paralysed’ has the template of a catchy punk track with a hardcore facelift – it’s a unique and captivating blend. Both ‘Ascender’ and ‘Drown’ are excellent tracks and mark the band out as one with huge potential before ‘Torchbearer’ explodes in a torrent of hardcore to hammer home the sense that the band are on the cusp of something big.


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