Gust's thundering self titled LP

As the sound cracks and breaks almost losing itself in the distortion the album comes to an abrupt and unapologetic stop totally in keeping with the sentiments described.

Earlier this year towards the end of July Southern Lord released Swedish hardcore band Gust's thundering self titled LP. Although the album is hard hitting as is to be expected from any hardcore band, Gust have shown restraint in allowing some breathing room on the release with some wonderful atmospheric parts throughout the tracks.

Musically the album has a solid and aggressive production that pushes the vocals, guitars and rhythm section into your face while at the same time fostering the dark beauty of the dynamic changes intertwined throughout the tracks. The feel is oppressive and rather somber with some heavy leanings towards blues in the choice of chords and melody used. This provides a lot of tension and harmonic richness which blends perfectly with the topic of the lyrics which tread through the subjects of social disillusionment, uncompromising belief and non conformity. Although these themes have been thoroughly explored by many punk and hardcore bands, it feels totally appropriate to revisit them given the current global financial and political climates.

Gust really show that they are prepared to push what is considered hardcore with the use of wide dynamic range in the structure of the songs and even bringing in ethereal choir parts to accentuate the drama and atmosphere presented. As the LP comes to it's inevitable end with Relentless Hands, the level is pushed to its limits. As the sound cracks and breaks almost losing itself in the distortion the album comes to an abrupt and unapologetic stop totally in keeping with the sentiments described.

Check out the LP for yourself on Band Camp. You can also grab yourself a copy on vinyl which includes the usual downloadable digital copy in various formats.

Written by William Riever, 2014-09-01