Not sure how, but the latest offering from Stockholm’s Victims, managed to slip past me. Released back in April via Tankcrimes Sirens is the band’s sixth album and it’s a beauty. The fact that it’s produced and mastered by Fred Estby (Dismember, At The Gates) and Brad Boatright (Iron Reagan, Nails, Integrity) gives you an indication of the sound that anybody unfamiliar with the band, can expect.
Make no mistake, Victims are a hardcore band, but not in the traditional sense. The gang vocals are present, the fast tempo/mid tempo layout is present and correct, but that’s countered with brutal down tuned Entombed style guitar work and unrelenting d-beat style drumming. Vocalist Johan Eriksson’s dark, real life themed lyrics are delivered via vicious Dwid Hellion style barks. Twelve deliciously dark slabs of vicious hardcore punk. Brilliant!
Having been around since 1997, you’d think they would be more of a household name in hardcore circles and to be fair every album they’ve put out has been a belter, but with Sirens they’ve taken that Tragedy meets Discharge blueprint, put their own stamp on it, turned it up a notch and made something very special, which they can hopefully capitalize on and give current scene favorites, Nails, a bit of competition. I expect to hear a lot more from these guys in the future. Chris Andrews