Sunday, 19 April 2015

Castellan - The Flower, The Thorn EP


Tracklist:

1. The Flower
2. The Thorn

This two-track record contains the final parting words of the sadly departed Castellan. This quartet from the South of the UK released their debut EP Feeding Tube, via Animal Defence Records in late 2012. The Flower, The Thorn was released nearly a year later, again through Animal Defence Records  and also digitally through Hope Lost Records. Shortly after, Castellan called it a day. I've been meaning to write about this for ages, so apologies for my tardiness. 

Castellan were always slightly left-of-centre when it came to creating loud, hardcore related noise. The Flower contains experimental, math-orientated hardcore with plenty of jazz arrangements. The instrumentation on here is pretty breathtaking. It would be unfair to call this artsy or anything equally as wishy-washy. Castellan just plain go for it. Second song The Thorn is more than an equal to The Flower. Listening to this EP, I’m scratching my head to think of a reason why these guys called it a day, as they were brimming with talent. I know it’s easy for people to say that when a band has gone, but I genuinely mean it here. I guess better to go out on a high than to burn out playing recycled, turgid shite. R.I.P.

You can stream and download The Flower, The Thorn (name-your-price) here:-



Castellan Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CastellanUK
Animal Defence Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AnimalDefenceRecords
Hope Lost Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HopeLostRecords

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