Each and every Ilenkus release has been be impressive in its own way.
Not just because of the music. Because of the attitude behind it.
It’s as if, at each stage of their development, they got together and said, right: how can we push the fuck out of this music? How can we squeeze these riffs until the pips squeak?
So every time, music that could have been pretty standard noisecore has ended up having an extra zing.
‘Hunger’ ups the ante considerably by taking their established format and effectively rippiing it up. In the resulting flurry of shredded paper we find a hugely more aggressive band who’ve gotten faster and harder.
‘Hungry Bunny’ has excellent break beats and bass gaps that give space within the skronky attack, showing how much they’ve thought it through.
The real surprise however is in ‘Exhume’, which opens with an almost Altar Of Plagues toned blastbeat (it’s that watery, wailing guitar over the top) in a pacy and exciting outburst. It gets even better from there, with statc’d blasts and dub-effected drums in a tasty middle interlude that just screams character.
It’s a track that is noisecore-moderne, if you will, and it’s hugely cool.
Comparisons to ‘Miss Machine’-era Dillinger Escape Plan wouldn’t be out of place, and the way ‘The Romantic’ builds is a testament to their dynamic and melodic influence.
A superb release without question, what’s most impressive is that they haven’t just decided to tweak and build their existing sound – instead they’ve seen a shiny thing, and like magpies have swooped at it, going hell for leather at another direction completely.
– Earl Grey ::: 29/11/16