Landslider - Kafkaesque Record Label: Dwyer Records
Release Date: 9 April, 2012
Kafkaesque is the second release from Ottawa's melodic hardcore group Landslider, a four-piece whose sound might most readily register with fans of recently popular acts like Title Fight and Such Gold.
Instruments on the latest EP were recorded live from the studio floor –an interesting decision that, when done correctly, lends itself well to this vein of music. The result is a success, as opening track “The World Doesn’t Hate You” grinds along at speeds varying from uneasy verse to full on assault, all to the gritty live voices of guitar and bass. Elements of Bane come through in the structuring and guitar lines, while the studio polish of vocals fit nicely across the mix.
Second track “Ghosts at the Door” is an outstandingly singable number that wastes no time sticking to the brain. The track revolves around a bitter hook, and is ultimately the most memorable song on the disc.
It’s difficult to not draw comparisons to Title Fight after listening to the disc’s final track “Sinkholes” featuring a distinctive lead guitar lines and almost signature downtrodden dual vocal approach. The output is a track that builds to something just shy of enormous, but at just over two and a half minutes long, it falls a bit short of the potential suggested by the outro.
When combined with their previous five song effort All Good Things (which is overall more melodic and complete, in my opinion) Landslider has some noticeable potential to win over huge amounts of support from the growing number of fans looking for intense, personal hardcore injected with melody and character. With a number of similar acts with quality material out there, it can be incredibly easy to pass over something worthwhile. Do yourself a favor and check out Landslider now; you might just be hearing more about them in the future.