Hailing from Essex, Hospitals are an up-and-coming five-piece hardcore band who recently put out their second release, ‘Asleep’; a brisk, three-track record that holds the water of a full-length. Filled with passion, anger, desperation and brutality, Hospitals have definitely pulled it out of the metaphorical bag with this one.
Title-track ‘Asleep’ opens the record. Melodic, relentless, destructive and balls to the wall, this track has been produced and performed down to a tee. As an immediate reminder of a Defeater type of hardcore, it’s already exciting to see what the remainder of the EP holds and without being too anticipative, the prospect of a full-length in the near future plays on my mind.
‘Chivalry’ begins with pounding percussion that tears straight into a barrage of heaviness, melody and the catchiest of hooks that has the listener mouthing “so I feel, no regret, no remorse” along with the track before it dives into a sweet breakdown style section.
The mere eleven minutes and thirty six seconds come to a conclusion with ‘Grace’; a track that starts slightly more softly than its predecessor before the line “And now you feel like fucking Judas” is hurled from the lungs of vocalist Jon Moore. The listener is taken on one final journey of mass and destruction before the track and the record ends, slowing down gradually with vocals akin to that of a wounded animal.
The only thing that lets this release down has to be its length. It’s too short to really get stuck into, but short enough to leave one hell of a lasting impression on anyone who hears it. On the whole, ‘Asleep’ is a sick release from one of the only decent underground hardcore bands that the UK scene has to offer today.
Written by Luke Davis
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