Crust core is usually perceived as a subgenre stagnated between uninspired aggressiveness and naive political aphorisms. However, the ending of 2017 gave us two releases who seriously tend to disprove that previous statement…
Fall of Efrafa were one of my most beloved hardcore bands ever. Their distinct combination of long and epic songs, raw power and emotional hardcore combined with lyrical themes which were deviating from just being simplistic anarchistic quotes, made them unique to my ears. Of all the bands that Fall of Efrafa members were posthumously involved, (bands like Light Bearer, Anopheli, Archivist) I have to say that I liked Morrow the best. Their first record Covenant of Teeth, released in 2016 was a worthy successor and part of the legacy of Fall of Efrafa.
Their second album Fallow was out just before the end of 2017 as “name your price” digital download in Bandcamp with a future physical format release scheduled for 2018. Following the same lyrical concept as in their previous record, thus writing about future tales of primitive cultures in the ruins of civilisation, Fallow finds Morrow naturally matured. This time the record contains 5 songs, instead of 4 included in the previous one, something that has led to a reduction in the average duration of the compostions which in my opinion helped to the “tighten” the albums consistency (one flaw of Covenant of Teeth was the “quite too many” ideas trying to be squeezed-in eventually resulting in making its “digestion” by the listener more difficult). Helped additionally by a better production, their distinct mixture of aggressive, epic and emotional hardcore reaches in Fallow its artistic perfection. The violin and cello parts are an essential part of Morrow’s music and once again enhance the atmosphere providing a sentimental character to the album which climaxes at its last song, the 12 minute epic Crown In Red (their best composition so far in my opinion).
You can download the album by naming your price here but I would suggest to wait for its physical release later this year. I dare to predict that Fallow will find its place amongst Crust core genre’s classics in the near future.
False Flag is the second band from India that we review in this blog. The vast Asian country (and the region itself) seem to finally awake from their sleep and are ready to contribute their (long overdue) share to the global punk and metal community. And no matter if this “awakening” is slow or the output of this contribution is not equivalent to the size of the region, the quality is persistently high. False Flag’s 3 song EP equally reminds bands like His Hero is Gone, Oathbreaker and Converge. Being dark, introspective and “intellectual” the music of the EP, clearly indicates that Asian bands have overcame the phase that they were simply mimicking their western influences and are now ready to provide a unique and genuine contribution to the genre. You can purchase the EP from their Bandcamp page - no information is available yet regarding a physical format release in the future.