Arson Anthem — "Insecurity Notoriety" is a Modern Hardcore Classic
Mon, 01 Nov 2010 08:25:15
Arson Anthem's Insecurity Notoriety [Housecore Records] is everything that a hardcore album should be.
Like anything from Discharge or Agnostic Front, it's violent, vitriolic, vicious and vibrant. However, what else would you expect from the grouping of Mike Williams on vocals [Eyehategod], Philip Anselmo on guitar [Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual], Hank Williams III on drums and Collin Yeo on bass?
This quartet delivers on absolutely every level. The beauty of Insecurity Notoriety lies in its grittiness. As a whole, the 30-minute 17-song hardcore beatdown sounds like The Bad Lieutenant if it were scored by Black Flag and Slayer. "Foul Pride" slashes succinctly with a speedy riff before crashing into a Black Sabbath-style breakdown with Williams screaming, "Spit out trash." Williams's vocals remain elegantly brutal as his one-of-a-kind scream commands the charge with Anselmo's impenetrable riffing buttressing the brutality. "Pretty Like That" is 47-seconds of punked-out bliss built off III's pummeling percussion and calculatedly chaotic ripping from Anselmo. Album closer "Teach the Gun (To Love the Bullet)" builds from an ominous bass line into a chilling verse from Williams. Anselmo practically burns up the fret board on the raw rumble that finishes off the track. It's an aural exorcism of the purest sort, and the most vulgar display of power you'll hear this year.
For a lesson in real hardcore, pick up Insecurity Notoriety. Class is in session with a shotgun in hand…
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