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Year of the Coyote Heat Up On “Burning Now”


Noisy, dissonant, sludgy hardcore is in a golden age right now. Kids that grew up on His Hero is Gone, Coalesce, and Converge are all grownups themselves, making ugly/beautiful music together.

Portland’s Year of the Coyote might be relative newcomers, but they have a knack for turning riffs into jackhammers. It’s visceral and bludgeoning. From the sound of things, they feed on hate.

On their debut album Siege, Year of the Coyote are massive in both sound and intensity. “Burning Now,” rounding off the record’s a-side, is a good representation of where the band comes from. Feedback, walls of guitar noise, lurching rhythms, guitarist/vocalist Matt Hagan’s unholy roar, pit-crushing breakdowns… this is a burly, bearded beatdown anthem for the perpetually pissed-off.

Drummer Travis Wisner — formerly of Portland noise crew Maximum Mad — has his work cut out for him, but he and bassist John Fulwyler keep it together, if only by a thread. “Burning Now,” like most of Siege’s other tracks, has the exhilarating vibe of something that just came together spontaneously, but with the chops to back things up.

Heed the words of Dorothy Parker: “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

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[Editor’s Note: This article was corrected to reflect that Travis Wisner is no longer a member of Maximum Mad.]

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