Disrepair by GeistRelease date: September 22, 2017
Geist are a 5 piece hailing from Durham and their new record Disrepair is out 22nd September. Geist describe themselves as too metal for punks and too punk for metalheads. They describe their music as blackened hardcore, crust for fans of Converge, Trap Them, Harrowed, Cursed, God Mother…
Let’s see… Hardcore? Check. Crust? Check. Converge? Check. Cursed? Check. This is a record I’m definitely gonna need to check out.
Like an air raid siren, the very brief feedback starting Disrepair is your only warning to the devastation Geist are about to unleash for the next 15 minutes. Opener ‘Painkillers’ kicks off with the force of an atomic bomb. One of the first things I noticed about this is that the production is absolutely pummelling with no instrument overpowering another and you can tell a lot of work went into this. (Disrepair was recorded by UK hardcore veteran Jason Frye at Century Audio and mastered by the legendary Brad Boatright at Audiosiege).
This record is unrelenting and punishing from start to finish. With music so intense it can be easy to write it off as constant noise on a single track to nowhere. On Disrepair however, Geist have managed to write songs that each have their own identity. With it’s jagged, Converge-esque rhythms and discordant melodies, this is a great record that some of the best hardcore bands could only wish they’d written.
What really stood out for me is the fact that Geist don’t rely simply on the low end of the guitars for heaviness. Each song has a variety of high string swipes, note bends and use of octaves and dissonance that very few bands can pull off so well.
The first and one of the only reprieves you get on Disrepair is in the third song ‘Services Rendered’. With its dissonant harmony, you get a sense of unease which only makes the impact more devastating when the wall of sound finally comes crashing down in the second half of the song. This is probably my favourite song on the record that had me hitting repeat when I first heard it.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m a fan of Geist. After discovering them a few weeks back, I’ve had them on repeat pretty much constantly. I asked to review this just to hear the record early so take what I say with a pinch of salt. But like every review, it’s just an opinion anyway. My only complaint is I wish it was longer and can’t wait to hear a full album from his band. I’ll definitely be getting my hands on a copy of Disrepair when it comes out.
Geist are about to tour with the also excellent Sunlights Bane with only one date in Scotland I know I’ll be there.