Meta hardcore from the future past


Artist: 3ND7R

Title: DEMO

Release: Tape / Digital

Year: 2018

Label: Self-Released

If these guys were around in the 90s, I would have expected to read about this demo tape in the early issues of Inside Front or Dwid Hellion’s Blood Book zine. In short, this is a god damn intense five-song output inspired by the likes of Ringworm, Gehenna and Integrity all the way through to the Belgian H8000 tradition of Arkangel, Congress and Sektor.

Hailing from the city of Padua, their cryptic name translates to Trendsetter (if you read the numbers in Italian). Starting with the dark synth-driven intro of “Enter 2037”, the record explodes into an all-out assault of metallic hardcore, incorporating solid mosh parts and gruff vocals straight from the abyss of ’90s Holy Terror style.

Songs like “Fantàsia” and “Survival Research Unit” are standout tracks that will keep your ears on edge. Heavy and punishing musically, it’s also worth mentioning how the lyrics follow a dystopian futuristic narrative (“meta-hardcore from the future past” is how they describe their style). The dark lyrical content actually flows well with the urgency of the music, not overkill it with some sophisticated poetry.

Dark and dystopian in its message, 3ND7R’s demo tape is definitely worth a listen.

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