Escalate – Demo 2020

Vegan Straight Edge, Step Up!


Artist: Escalate

Title: Demo 2020

Release: EP / Digital

Year: 2020

Label: Self-Released

Well, first of all, it feels great to review a new band from Hungary! Released in December 2020, Veszprém’s Escalate deliver four tracks that are so flooded with rage that it feels like they could come apart at the seams.

Aggressive riffs and pounding breakdowns deliver a charge of energy from the first seconds of the instrumental intro. An incendiary straight edge affair really begins to unfold with the introduction of the singer’s harsh, Holy Terror-influenced vocals on second track “Years in Ruin,” a song about all the years people have wasted on drugs and alcohol. The band obviously has an attitude that fits their furious ’90s-influenced hardcore sound, with a heap of metal influences thrown into the mix. Add to that a rough sounding production and I think you’re in for a treat.

All the songs on this record are really short, clocking in at around the one and a half minute mark in a SECT-like fashion. My personal highlight is the vegan-edge belter “9th Kingdom”, where the metallic riffs, vicious vocals and double bass savagery evoke all the mosh power and brutality you could want. The lyrics are also as uncompromisingly militant as it gets, because you can’t just turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed against our fellow non-human earthlings. The last track “Cruel Traditions” keeps the vegan lyrical theme as well as the level of speed and intensity until the final breakdowns of the demo.

Escalate sounds raw, hectic and mean as hell with a sheer relentlessness that can’t be ignored. If you have been following the XVX scene over the past few years with bands like xRepentancex, xELEGYx, Moral Law and World of Pleasure, you will love this brand new Hungarian band as well.

Ignorance is not bliss, it’s a fucking crime

You keep the cogs spinning, chose the oppressors’ side

Vegan straight edge, step up!

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