Today we get to help premiere metallic-hardcore unit Noose Bound‘s long-awaited debut album ‘To The Same End’. The album is being jointly released by Samstrong Records and Set The Fire Records – 2 heavy hitters out of the Indonesian hardcore record label world. Both these amazing labels don’t mess around with the bands they choose to work with – so if it has their stamp of approval on a release, you’re guaranteed that shit is KILLER.
According to Samstrong Records, “The album contains 10 songs that explore a variety of heavy elements ranging from death metal, hardcore, beatdown, mathcore, to post-hardcore, but still comes in a firm hardcore punk package which is the main foundation of their music. Noose Bound references 90’s metallic hardcore bands like Disembodied, Zao, Earth Crisis, to Merauder, as well as bands in the present era such as Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Jesus Piece, to Incendiary. From the getgo (2017), the band has always encompassed their music in a shade of darkness as the main character of their sound.”
Presented with introspective lyrics in a rhyme full of anger, anxiety, despair, and self-reflection that all dwell on a life-and-death line, ‘To The Same End’ seeks to blur the line between hardcore and metal by bringing their listeners to enjoy dark riffs in hardcore punk, 2-step, downtempo, blast beat, to explosive and energized break downs. Noose Bound strives to keep sounding catchy and bouncy despite having a chaotic touch at the same time, avoiding generic, clichéd, and predictable songwriting. Coupled with the appearance of several guest vocals from the local scene Malang namely Nanda from Sharkbite on the track “Serpent, Servant”, Fauzi from Hand of Hope on the track “Lost in the Plot”, as well as soloist Patricia Levyta on the closing track “Idle Call”, adding its own dynamic to the whole album.
For the artwork, the band tapped Helmi Brillian of the band Interadd who was inspired by the lyrics of the record and used images of as many activists from their hometown behind a human skull. “The human skull represents a final form of us as a living being and also the symbol when our lives end. The blue tone signifies melancholy, sadness, and depression. Also, blue represents our hometown pride through our football club.”
Go blast this new insane record right NOW!