Wednesday 20 November 2013

Kingpin - Demo

I've been featuring so much extreme metal on here recently, I've almost forgotten what hardcore sounds like. Kingpin from Glasgow, came to my attention at just the right time. Forming in October 2012 through a love of hardcore bands like Earth Crisis and Leeway, coupled with the groove of Pantera and the crossover thrash of bands like DRI and Suicidal Tendencies, they bashed out this three track demo in July.  They're also due to play alongside Breed 77 in Glasgow later this month, which sounds like it'll be properly mental


1. Former Glory
2. Chocking Dust
3. Bitches Leave

Kingpin proudly maintain that no pro tool were used in the recording of this demo and that proves their straightforward approach to hardcore. Their demo has a chunky live sound to it. Everything’s really clear, from the drums to the intricacy of the solo’s. Former Glory is a mid-paced opener with the groove I was talking about in the opening paragraph.

They let the low-end of it’s leash during Choking Dust and play some straight up, mosh-ready hardcore. For such a new band both in terms of the length of time they’ve been together and the amount of rehearsals they’ve had prior to recording this demo (three if you read band camp), they sound pretty damn on the money. Mind you, they’ve come together from the ashes of past bands so they know what they’re doing.

There’s a big undercurrent of thrash during Bitches Leave, but also the menace of hip-hop, which has been prominent over the years in the music of bands like Biohazard. Kingpin make a great case for modern, young hardcore bands throughout this three track demo and though some people just think hardcore is all about obtuse beatdowns and crowd killing, Kingpin are here to prove otherwise. A more than solid start and there’ll definitely be more from these guys.

Check out the demo on their bandcamp page here:-

The demo is available as a pay-what-you-want download, so there's no excuse to miss out on them.

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