Barge "Self Titled" LP

$32.00

The debut full length from Richmond, VA's Barge is an unstoppable whirlwind of uncompromising hardcore insanity. These twelve blistering tracks find the band maturing both musically and lyrically from their debut EP, "No Gain." Sonically, Barge pummels through with the speed and ferocity of powerviolence greats like Infest and Crossed Out, and delivers with unadulterated vitriol calling to mind Youth of Today and Ripcord's most searing moments. The opening track, "Social Pressure," kicks this album from 0 to 120 out of the gate, then proceeds with a non-stop barrage of savage riffs and pulverizing breaks (reminiscent of Boston hardcore heavyweights Mind Eraser), straight through to the album's final track, "Dismantle," which trudges to a close with brutal precision. Lyrically, Barge's message is as heavy and powerful as their sound - addressing personal themes of alienation, acceptance, distrust, and disenchantment in the current climate of both our subculture and in the everyday life of 2016. Confronting issues of race and racial identity, masculinity and machismo, and corruption and bigotry in politics and law enforcement, the overall narrative draws parallels to illustrate how the DIY scene in many aspects is very much a microcosm of society, both of which face abuses of privilege and power that need to be properly addressed, confronted, and ultimately destroyed. If there's anything to take from this record, it's to never trust power and those who hold it, as it will inevitably be used to abuse, exploit, and marginalize those without it. Comes with Download, printed inner sleeve, and lyric booklet.

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