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Hostile Objects – Cave In – EP Review

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Hostile Objects
Cave In
Burnum Records
Release Date: Out Now
Review by Derek J. Huckel

The battering sonic onslaught, musically and shredding vocals, of the punk thrashers Hostile Objects new EP Cave In begins right away so you know what you’re in for but it’s not all there is. This is their third release, a prelude to their first album due late 2015.

If you’ve not heard Hostile Objects they’re like Poison Idea mixed with The Accused and elements of D.R.I with Black Flag thrown in.

After the initial barrage, the pace pegs back to begin its climb back up again giving you the aural feeling of the one feeling the claustrophobia of the ‘Cave In’. It’s a well-crafted tune full of squalls and walls of guitars with cool chord changes, and being about their longest it keeps you tapping away with its catchy rhythm. Perhaps their heaviest number of Hostiles set list, and traditionally a closer of their sets and always a crowd pleaser; Cave In is no different here. A definite winner.

The other offerings here are killers too. Waiting to Drown, could be interpreted as being about regret, has a mad riff which is like a hyper sonic ratcheting or a cool breakdown that is scratched on a record and keeps jumping. Closer The Walkers warns of what’s in store when the zombies attack and the music matches the tale of impending carnage! Hunts splatter vocals scream along with the charging bass, guitars and well-beaten drums.

Cave In shows a positive progression by Sydney’s Hostile Objects since their Young God EP (2013). In it they retain their intensity, own style, and it’s elevated in a way I can’t identify but it feels good. It’s a great EP and only bodes of more good things to come.

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