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every-stranger-looks-like-youAfter four years of playing shows in Belgium, Germany, France, England, Switzerland and Austria Every Stranger Looks Like You, a three piece post-hardcore band from Brakel in Belgium, are releasing their debut album, Bluest Shade Of Black, on February 24th.

We recently featured the video for their song Catharsis here which received great feedback from our readers so we were eagerly anticipating the album.  From the heavily distorted bass guitar and plaintive vocals of Bed Of Pine it is clear that we are in for a treat. The track has a Royal Blood feel in terms of heavy, heavy guitar work and when the screamed vocals take over, I am in grindcore heaven! Oh boy, what a song that sets up the entire twelve track album. The band note that they pull from genres “such as grunge/hardcore/noise/sludge/… to bring something entirely new to the table.” I agree!

Self Portrait 2016, brings in some echo-infused vocals to supplement a powerful guitar lick as the drums and bass lay down a rock solid foundation. The third track (no) Future Friends is dark, atmospheric and packs a punch to the gut with an aggressive screamed chorus – this one demonstrates a versatile band and some professional recording. The aforementioned Catharsis (self-help) is a terrific anthem full of angst and pain.

Every Stranger Looks Like You are unique as evidenced by Stasis that mixes up a bit of Oasis with some atonal strummed guitar, a sludgecore drum beat and then adds in some melody – it defies description but it’s good! Prosopagnosia rocks things up a little driving a shoegaze riff with metal vocals and a mathpunk interlude that is astounding.

Salt adds some electronic noise at the start in a Nitzer Ebb/Nine Inch Nails style before laying down a sludge/grind assault where the vocals are wrenched from the gut and screamed down the microphone – this is one heavy track!

The album concludes with Ouroborus – a quick one minute and six seconds of pure pain/rage ground out of the band – after listening to this one, you’ll want to take a walk!

Bluest Shade Of Black will be released on 12″ vinyl in both a black and a coloured version through Dog Knights Productions. All information on the new album is available here and check out Every Stranger Looks Like You at the following sites:


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