ARMS RACE – THE BEAST

ARMS RACE

ARMS RACE – THE BEAST E.P. (2018)

Arms Race have got a lot of momentum going in to The Beast, the best evolved project of those involved, and it opens with a riff that is umbilical to the image of people readying to fling themselves around, a mental link that they have made concrete through years of Quality Control and time spent in Stab, Violent Reaction, The Flex (more recently Game, Farce, Subdued all going in promising directions). They’ve got a massively enjoyable formula, pouring more menace and heft in to something typically British like Disorder, feeding it booming Rival Mob drums and that double layered whooligan guitar tone, making a cheerless angry stomp that still harks to the energy and atmosphere of bands like Ripcord, Ultra Violent, Voorhees and warrants fair use of their term NWOBHC.

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