Expectations is a hardcore band striving hard from Bulgaria that released their first EP and first album in 2012. They’ve toured arround Europe and played a lot of shows. They’ve even played on Bane’s last show in Bulgaria! So of course we have to keep an eye—and both ears—on them. Their latest album, After Twenty Years (produced, like all their releases, by Marius Costache at Next Dog Studio), was released in 2014, and now we’re gonna have a little look on it.
The record starts with a nice prelude, an intro for what’s to come, for what we are gonna experience. Yes, Expectations is generating expectations. The sound is clear, very melodic, it resembles the hardcore scene from the 2000’s. Strong and constant beating from the drums, alongside a fast bass and overdriven guitars. We can hear anger and an urgent need to say things, but we also hear emotions in tracks like Draw The Line. The riffs are mainly quite melodic, setting a contemplative mood, but not without great energy and fast beats.
The voice tends to be the protagonist, but in Snowblack, the 6th track, a blues-like guitar shines through almost half of the song. And talking about vocals, the voice is not always screams and anger, there’s singing and a mix of both, changing depending on the mood the band is trying to set and the lyrics the vocalist, Georgi Dimitrov, is singing. Because, you know, what tends to stand out the most in hardcore is the lyrics. Struggles, passion, conviction; the modern man and society. Personal things, but things everyone can relate to. Things that relate to things we do in our everyday life. To our actions. As they say, the personal is political, so never dismiss this kind of lyrics. Talking about emotions, this is punk as fuck. But emotion is not only in words, it’s also in the instrumentation, and that’s what the last track, I Will Always Believe in You, show us.
A lot of music work on mixed media. It can have an aesthetic or it can rely on lyrics. Certainly, what I like more about this record is not the instrumentation, but the way the voice is projected through the songs, and how direct, natural, personal and sincere the lyrics feel like.