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Nothing charges hardcore beyond its already high-voltage capabilities better than some righteous blackening; so demonstrates the debut full-length Demons or Someone Else from Swiss quartet Montecharge. The album goes totally ballistic throughout its runtime, thriving in a garden of blasts, synths, and hardcore vocals that feels more lush after every listen. Despite its complex underpinnings, though, Demons or Someone Else can just as well be enjoyed passively, owing of course to its onslaught of body-moving grooves and catchy hooks. Whereas some bands chose certain genre blends for stylistic or even aesthetic reasons, this release makes Montecharge feel like blackened hardcore is their one and only blood. Spin the full thing below before Friday's official release.

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Inside, you'll find 11 jet-powered blackened hardcore songs that blend together seamlessly despite soaring by faster than expected -- it all has to do with how densely Demons or Someone Else is packed. No idea or concept seems over-milked; Montecharge feels plenty agile and nimble enough to dart between varying tempos and intensities to produce this particular blend. This adds a dynamic feeling which helps take the album beyond something that will simply rip your head off and leave it at that (though it will, if you let it). Instead, there's a treasure trove of content to pick apart on this release, availing itself to curious minds without over-mentalizing the music, spoiling the sporadic and spontaneous nature of the hardcore which grounds it.

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Demons or Someone Else releases Friday via WOOAAARGH.

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