Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review:Torch Runner-Endless Nothing


North Carolina grindcore trio Torch Runner have been a force to be reckoned with since their inception, previously releasing two excellent full lengths as well as a split with their similarly bleak and harsh peers in Young And In The Way. Endless Nothing marks the band's third LP and their first for new label Southern Lord, and it's the most intense material from the band to date by a long shot and undoubtfully one of the heaviest, most volatile and overall best extreme records I've heard from any band in any genre in 2014.

With 13 songs clocking in a 22 minutes, the band leaves little room to breathe as they lay waste with their insane blend of crusty chaotic hardcore and grind, tearing down everything in their wake. Though naturally an intense and abrasive listen through and through, the band certainly more than knows their way around a song and has a penchant for creating memorable bursts of pure and undoubtfully sincere aggression that will stick with you long after the initial listen. It's telling that the only break in the album's mostly breakneck pace is the sludge-like dirge of "Circle Of Shit", an incredible standout in an album that has more than it's fair share.

Endless Nothing is an album that assaults the senses just as much as it constantly stimulates them, an absolutely crushing release from a band already known for their unrelenting intensity pushing it into the red and far beyond that. It's without a doubt one of the most intense and well written extreme records of any kind this year, and one that will find the band turning many heads in the rest of 2014 and beyond. Below you can find links to stream two songs from Endless Nothing, as well as ordering info from Southern Lord Records. Fans of uncompromisingly heavy music would be foolish not to check this out immediately, and it would be hard to imagine this won't end up on quite a few top 10 lists at the end of the year, including my own.