New Years Day

Malevolence

If 2013’s Victim To Villain was a huge step forward for this Chino Hills, California, band, the follow up is one gigantic leap into the inky black depths. Working yet again with producer Erik Ron, the quartet play to the listeners who feel both broken and defeated (“Suffer”) and defiant and bloodthirsty (“Anthem Of The Unwanted”). It’s a delicate balance, but the group stay on the tightrope with the help of guitarist Nikki Misery’s army of razor sharp riffs and well-chosen effects and producer Ron’s sharp ear for dynamics. As ever, the linchpin is singer Ash Costello: Her wrenching lyrics and piercing vocal turns prove that her makeup is there to keep the scars hidden while flashing a warning sign lest you think about fucking with her.

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