MARKED FOR DEATH – TOP 10 HITS

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MARKED FOR DEATH – TOP 10 HITS (????)

Marked For Death sound too good to be new – high concentrate blunt force hardcore played viciously fast and direct like this has become virtually extinct in the last few years, and this release does nothing to change the sparse outlook either… On closer inspection, the nine tracks are either a Best Of compilation or re-recordings of old songs (the originals released in the early 2000s), put up ahead of their imminent reunion show with Siege at Temple of Boom. A relic of a BBC article, a live set supporting Mental, their Discogs and this Collective Zine thread provide a bit of context for this gnarly Middlesbrough band, and their frantic style of brutal rotor blade riffs and lean songwriting echo through the excellent Volunteers, SSS at their punkest/fastest, Never Again’s ‘Pressure II‘, and the indomitable Voorhees, who get a decent cover here. Wipes the floor with some of the contrived attempts at hardcore that are so popular currently.