Unquestionably intense, but lacks dynamism
There are still valiant soldiers fighting a lost war: using the genre descriptor ‘screamo’ to refer to a strain of ’90s DIY hardcore as opposed to repulsive Pro Tooled pop-metal misogynists. Crocus are one such squadron, their struggle intensified by coming from Cornwall, but they’ve found kindred spirits in the Tumblr-updating end of the UK punk scene, and responded with an impassioned debut album: 23 minutes of wire wool vocals, breakneck drum flailing, metallic guitar wheedle and twinkly post-rockish parts. It’s unquestionably intense, but sometimes lacks dynamism when set against their screamo ancestors.
Record label: Holy Roar
Release date: 13 Feb, 2012