Sink or Swim / In One Piece – Split EP

Artist: Sink Or Swim / In One Piece
Title: Split EP
Release: 7″
Year: 2009
Label: Start A Fire / Epidemic Records

I had been waiting for this record since I heard the Sink Or Swim demo tape few months ago. And it proved even bigger than my expectations. Thanks to Start A Fire and Epidemic Records everyone who got a copy (from the very limited edition of 1000 vinyls) can now enjoy a great peace of modern European hardcore. On side A you find two brand new songs by our German favorites Sink Or Swim. This time they reveal another side of their music. The tracks are slower but still filled with energy, emotions and meaning. The lyrics concern religion, beliefs, faith. They are personal and are a direct statement full of determination, not the casual ‘bitching about shit’. In only two songs Sink Or Swim put such an obsessing impulse that can make a number of contemporary bands put a bullet in their creativeless heads. In One Piece inhabit Side B – they were formed in 2008 in Finland and despite they are a new name for us they fully caught our attention. In One Piece are fast and have really specific sound especially their rhythm section. The bass sounds super powerful and drumming is quite intense. As a huge Chokehold fan, hearing a familiar quotation in the lyrics in one of the songs made me really happy that there are still new bands who still find inspiration in the proper bands. So yeah, go find this.

Angel S.

Freelance journalist and full-time copywriter from hell. Playing ambient music as Mytrip, hardcore with King Of Sorrow, teaching Sound Art, booking shows with For The Kids & Amek Collective. Always in for a cup of coffee.