Hailing from the efficient lands of Berlin, Germany, Bomb Out have put out their third release in the form of a self-titled EP. The record itself is short; five quick bangers, some just over the two-minute mark and the others just short. I actually rather like the ‘get in, get out’ method. It works particularly well with hardcore and let’s face it, no hardcore song needs to be over three-minutes anyway.
There’s not a whole lot to say about the music. This record is as straightforward as it gets while stylistically taking a page from bands like Hatebreed, Reign Supreme, etc. The problem when tackling this genre in this day and age is there isn’t a lot of room for error if you want to ascend to the top of the heap. The riffs have been done before, no one is writing any new and exciting breakdowns, so, to thrive you need to execute the tropes flawlessly and as a cohesive package because subpar simply won’t cut it.
Bands like Terror and Get The Shot have perfected their craft and are able to gain momentum and/or stay relative. Concise riffs and song structures, top-notch production, and more often than not engaging lyrics with memorable choruses. Bomb Out haven’t reached that point yet which makes repeated listening not worth my time. On top of subpar riffs and rough production, the vocals are sung in German so I can’t even get into the lyrics or have a certain clever line get stuck in my head despite myself.
I do, however, feel the energy in the music. If they impressed me first in a live setting perhaps I’d feel differently but, as I stated previously, with so many elements not meeting a certain standard and with so much great hardcore already out there, it is hard to elicit much of a positive reaction.
Written by Paul Ablaze
*edited by Danielle Kenedy