BLACKLISTERS – TRICKF*CK
Released 27th February 2012 (Brew)
Words: Gaz Martinez
So I decided that I would review this single to wake up to…big mistake! From beginning to terminus, my ears are sonically assaulted with hardcore dissonance from Blacklisters. It’s not exactly fast, but it is near unrelenting and gives listeners a solid rhythm to break their necks to, the bass break doesn’t offer any respite it just lets you know your ears are about to bleed in a few seconds.
It’s just a shame the vocals are so low in the mix that the style (ie, screaming and shouting) churns the lyrics up until they are indecipherable, a shame because that aside, this low-fi way of producing this kind of music actually plays in its favour, eschewing the slick and polished production for something that is rawer and much more natural in itself, which is surely one of the foundations for punk and hardcore music in general?
This deserves at least a four, but I can only give Blacklisters a 3/5 purely based on the vocals, nothing wrong with them per se, I just can’t hear what’s being screamed, maybe I’m just growing old (At the ripe old age of 22) On listening to Trickfuck one of the tags I see is ‘noise’ I disagree, it isn’t noise, it’s music at its most aggressive, most primal, most energising.