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Released on April 6, 2015 via Secret Law Records
You fancy a bit of a chaotic mixture of mathcore, grindcore and elements of powerviolence? Well, you’ve come to the right place my friend. I was absolutely blown away by the 3-way split simply titled This Is S.O.A.N., and Oblivionized have gone from strength to strength with regards to taking their noise to the next level and doing a pretty fine job at that. I was fortunate to see them live at a festival in the Czech Republic, which was out of this world. Intensity and just being all over the place whilst keeping it in the realms you can comprehend. Well guess what, they manage to capture the same kind of energy in their recordings. But when will we hear another release?
Well, they’re back at it with their latest monstrosity titled Life Is A Struggle, Give Up and it speaks volumes with regards to the state of society as we know it. I personally identified with the album, which just makes it that more personal with regards to the journey you go on when listening to a record. As you listen to it more and more, it just seems to get better and better. It’s like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that just fall into place.
Life Is A Struggle, Give Up is fast, abrasive and has everything you’d expect and so much more. The start-stop style featured throughout the record in tandem with faster more grindy sections in addition to the powerviolence style rhythms make it a rather unique experience from start to abrupt end. At times it’s like a gust of wind followed by crushing riffs that can only be resembled by getting run over by a division of panzer tanks. A phenomenal release all around and the unpredictability of it all gives it that edge. At its very core one could say it is hardcore, the very foundation anyway, but it doesn’t shy away from extending into various hardcore influenced sub-genres.
This is something truly special from the London based lads, who’ve pushed it to the next level. It should speak to a lot of people at different levels with the message, but even if it doesn’t, it’s just a kick ass record and something that will blow your socks off. Looking for something different? Well here you go, this should be the fix you’ve been looking for. Get amongst it ladies and gentlemen!