A horrible hack

AHNA - Bridgeburner


Year Released: 2012
Format: 12" EP
Label: Black Banana - Dismantle
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Sep 20, 2013
Bridgeburner is some reasonably solid stuff. They play fast, grindy, hardcore that reminds me a bit of Excruciating Terror, albeit with some large, nerve-deadening Crossed Out parts. Vocals are generally a sick throaty gargle which can become a bit monotonous, and things are better when other voices join the fray. Unlikely to turn your life upside down, then, but certainly not bad and a lot worthier than most. On paper, AHNA should be right up my alley since their sound is odd as fuck and a bit more 'out there'. Structures are fairly simplistic almost with anarcho punk leanings but the overall vibe is coarse and lumpy, as though hewn from some kind of sludgy, damaged, Toadliquor or Burning Witch-style muck. This is then pulled through an odd production wringer that reminds me of a particularly lo-fi MITB recording or this one Capitalist Casualties song where everything's mid-paced and the bass stamps all over everything. Sadly the songwriting itself falls a bit short, but I'd definitely be keen to keep tabs on 'em in case this is just a blip or they raise their game to the point where the songs match the sound.

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