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Benard/Worn In Red Split

Split 7"
by: Benard/Worn In Red

January 30th, 2009 · post by tommy · Make a comment

Record label: Alaska Records

I hate to sound shallow, but i was drawn to this EP by it’s bold and colourful artwork. Having never listened to either of these bands before, i was unsure of what to expect. However, i am extremely pleased that I trusted my weakness for eye-catching artwork and gave this EP a listen, because it is fantastic.

My first impression of Benard, who open the EP, was that they are Angular, Chaotic and noisier than a rap battle between elephants. However, searching for the harmony in an otherwise chaotic setting is a recurring theme in my life, and, if you look hard enough, there is a subtle beauty in Benard’s music that is well worth the search. Opening track ‘Medieval Kenievel’ bubbles for a few seconds before reaching a frantic boil, this is definitely one for those who revel in raw emotion and like guitars to be played loudly. By the time track two, the excellent, if not oddly titled ‘A Prostitute That Caters Exclusively To Clowns’ kicks in, I am eagerly proclaiming that Bernard are my new favourite hardcore band.

Worn In Red, for those of you who have not yet had the chance to hear them, are an Attack! Vipers! Style hardcore band, whose one song contribution to this split is a varied and interesting hardcore punk odyssey, delivered with passion and no shortage of powerful riffs. The lyrics are fantastic, a personal favourite is the line ‘This is our right: to know the beauty within ourselves. And now we will reclaim’ encapsulating the positive vibe that flows throughout this half of the split. When this track comes crashing to an end after nearly 6 minutes, you just can’t help but wish for more. One fantastic song just isn’t enough, but definitely a band I will be following up in the near future.

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