Noisy hardcore pros Intercourse (whose album Rule 36 was recognized on one of our 2021 best-of lists) are back with a new full-length intriguingly titled Halo Castration Institute. These Connecticut crusaders meld the crushing noise of The Jesus Lizard with ample hardcore influences, prompting lead singer Tarek Ahmed to quip: “We’re too weird for a lot of the hardcore scene and too aggro for the weird scene." That message certainly comes across in rapid-fire fashion on the album's 24-minute blast.

Today, we are premiering the track “The Iceman’s Tears,” a quick hit: pounding drums give way to Ahmed’s pained and shouted vocals, while guitars have you bobbing and bouncing to the crazed atmosphere. Gone in a flash, much like the lives taken by the titular Iceman, this little taste of Halo Castration Institute should hold you over until the record’s release.



Ahmed had this to say about the track:

We’ve had a running theme throughout the band's history, about the loss of innocence and becoming increasingly desensitized to the world around you. There’s a lot of songs about the fucked up characters I’ve grown up around and there’s a ton of true crime references. 'Iceman’s Tears' is about Richard 'The Iceman' Kuklinski’s sentimental side.


Halo Castration Institute releases May 5th via Learning Curve Records.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Apr 27 - Richmond, VA @ The Bike Shop
Apr 28 - Greensboro, NC @ etc.gso
Apr 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Inner Space
June 2 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom (w/ Pissed Jeans)

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