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SYSTEM OF HATE – ‘There Is No Madness Here’ Album Review

SYSTEM OF HATE – There Is No Madness Here

System of HateThe eagerly anticipated second album from System Of Hate was recently released on Digipack CD and as a limited-edition vinyl LP (with DL code) via John Robb’s Louder Than War Records label.

The Barnsley (UK) based five piece have gained a cult-like following thanks to their dark post punk sound, drawing upon on influences from the likes of Killing Joke and Theatre of Hate, but then applying their own ominous vibe.

The opening and title track, There Is No Madness Here actually sounds more like Amebix than either of the aforementioned influences with a pulsating riff, rousing chorus and pounding rhythm section…wow!!! Next up is the single, Black Fire and this one mines Killing Joke territory with a churning riff, keyboard chords adding to the ambiance and a Jaz like lead vocal.

On We Who Walk With God the atmosphere gets a little darker with a rhythmic guitar leading the way, backed with soaring keyboards and a bloodcurdling vocal for a five-minute dark-rock masterpiece and the religious overtones continue with the chunky, churning In The Shadow Of The Cross that is sure to get the mosh-pit riling when played live. Not content with walking with God or living in the shadow of the cross, side one of the album concludes with Your God Is Dead featuring some pounding, thumping drums and aggressive vocals.

Tears Of Blood channels Killing Joke with a hint of Antisect with a keyboard infused anthem full of power and Resurrected pours jet-fuel onto the fire with a monster riff, tribal drums and chanted vocals. With Rising, a superbly dirty bass riff introduces another dark rocker that had the office banging their heads in unison and it is followed by the penultimate song, Ill Are The Cursed where a mellow, plaintive keyboard sets up a brilliant rhythm that will have you (re)discovering your New Model Army dance moves as the band channel some Southern Death Cult vibes!

This excellent album concludes with System Of Hate where the band bring all of the aforementioned elements and influences together to produce a majestic punk anthem replete with edge, melody and, pounding rhythm!

 

Order There is No Madness Here by System of Hate at Louder Than War Records: http://louderthanwar.com/shop/product-category/system-of-hate/

 

 

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