Tuesday 6 February 2024

No Heirloom - No Heirloom 7" Lathe

Labels: Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Vinyl/Digital

Release Date: 05 May 2023


1. Dross

2. Fleeting Frame

3. Nepenthe

My rhythm's nowhere near where it should be writing-wise now. Stuff just get's in the way I guess. Thankfully, I have an element of organisation going on, hence this evening's review featuring US screamo/emoviolence trio No Heirloom and their debut EP. Originally self-released by the band in May of 2023, it took little or no time for Zegema Beach Records to pick up on said release, pressing it in December 2023 as a limited stereo lathe 7". 

Sitting here listening to digital releases knowing that I’ve got so many physical releases to catch up on feels oh so dirty, but here I am all the same. No Heirloom’s opener ‘Dross’ gathers together every element that makes hardcore, post-hardcore and screamo great (though those sub-genres are somewhat interchangeable). 

After that brief intro song, ‘Fleeting Frame’ definitely takes on more of an emo-violence form, albeit in passages as opposed to the whole song. Bandcamp suggests the likes of Frail Body, Frail Hands and Shizune (amongst others) as similar influences, yet No Heirloom seem to be able to project their own sound in a way that’s a lot more open and obvious.

EP closer ‘Nepenthe’ builds on what’s come before it with off-kilter musicianship and that now familiar triple-vocal approach that adds so much emotion to the recording. I’ve said this a few times over recent years but I genuinely think that we’re deep into a golden age of heavy music, let alone physical releases.

No Heirloom are a fantastic example of raw emotion and precise musicianship. Until I learned about ZBR’s involvement in this release, I knew nothing about the band. Maybe I’m not as on-the-ball as I used to be when it comes to new bands; but whatever the reason, at least there’s a means to catch up. This EP is short but absolutely banging all the same. More please. 

You can stream and purchase the EP directly from No Heirloom below:-

Physical copies are still available (just) from ZBR below:-

Zegema Beach Record CAN/INTL Store - http://www.zegemabeachrecords.com/zegema-beach-releases/no-heirloom / U.S.A Store - https://zbrusa.com/collections/zbr-releases/products/no-heirloom

Zegema Beach Records - https://www.facebook.com/zegemabeachrecords

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