One of the down-low delights of 2012 was ‘Use Your Deluge’, the debut seven-inch by clandestine Finns Beastmilk. Despite being a heroically hook-packed take on early-’80s post-punk and goth, it mainly found favour in metal circles – vocalist Kvohst’s background includes various bands of that nature. But anyone who’s enjoyed this year’s Iceage and Savages full-lengths should embrace this splendid debut album. Recorded by esteemed hardcore producer Kurt Ballou, ‘Climax’ polishes Beastmilk’s iron-curtained grandiosity slightly (‘Ghosts Out Of Focus’ is eerily like Suede), while maintaining the Cold War-era paranoia in their lyrics. Basslines slash through fog, drums march us into battle and it becomes clear that Beastmilk offer ample sustenance for winter. Stream the album exclusively below.

Noel Gardner