LAST CHAOS - Only Fit For Ghosts - LP
From the ashes of Teargas (one of the best hardcore bands of recent memory) comes Last Chaos. After taking the southern hemisphere by storm with Australian and Asian tours on a few 7"s, they now prepare for the big leap to our shitty country, the USA, touring on their first LP. Last Chaos play straight-forward hardcore punk, veering into Finnish/Japanese/d-beat-y/raw punk-y territory of songwriting but without becoming an overt genre-exercise, saved by a compelling style of riff-crafting that is both familiar and distinct, sometimes rocking with an energetic swagger and sometimes lurching forward with a forlorn stomp. The playing is tight, with booming and driving drums propelling everything with a satisfying momentum, guitars with just the right amount of fuzz captured with a strong and clear production that keeps everything at a maximum power, and vocals with a tasteful hint of the reverb that too many bands abuse. This should be an easy record to digest if you are at all interested in hardcore punk in 2015.