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Sect | ‘No Cure for Death’

When your publicity trumps the fact that your drummer is in Fall Out Boy, it can be viewed somewhat negatively.

Of course, such views can be put aside when we consider Andrew Hurley’s stints in Enabler, Racetraitor and Vegan Reich.

All flat out hardcore. The guy obviously knows his stuff.

A look at the rest of the line-up (Chris Colohan from Burning Love, Ian Edwards from Earth Crisis) shows that we’re dealing with hardcore types of a certain vintage.

No bad thing, of course. You can imagine what will be presented to you. A side project dedicated to a certain strand of hardcore.

A while ago, I wrote that such things were “…scorned in the mainstream…salivated over in the underground. This is because mainstream musicians see it as a way of indulging in traits that they wouldn’t get away with in their main bands. With the underground, it’s a meeting of like minded souls who simply can’t get enough of playing and putting out records. A fundamental difference, I’m sure you’ll agree.”

And with the likes of Red Death outshining their main bands, could Sect pull off the same stunt?

From Raleigh, North Carolina (the home of the legendary Corrosion of Conformity) and with other members from Portland and Toronto, Canada, Sect play a form of hardcore that is reminiscent of Trap Them at their most pissed off and misanthropic.

‘Open Grave’ sets the scene with gnarly riffage, pissed off vocals and some seriously hammering drum patterns. It floors the listener due to the sheer anger evident in the vocals. 80 odd seconds, and the job’s done.

‘Crocodile Prayers’ has a hint of ‘Left Hand Path’ era Entombed embedded in the music. I love how it changes pace and turns into a filthy, knuckle dragging beatdown.

Obviously, it’s a move done a million times over but there’s a certain frisson going on here that sucks the listener in and clobbers them around the head.

With the 10 song release clocking in around the 15 minute mark, this isn’t going to be the most in depth review (for obvious reasons). But if you do take one thing away from this review, let it be this: get this record.

Like Trap Them last year, and Code Orange this year, Sect have made one of the most straight up, abrasive US hardcore releases this year.

Underground side projects. Long may they continue.

4 / 5 – Christopher Owens ::: 26/11/17

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