Editor's Rating

Have a listen to 'No Escape'

Rating out of 10

BONO! – No Escape

Release Date 28th April 2017
Aaahh!!! Real Records
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We discovered Norwich-based hardcore outfit BONO last year at Wotsit Called Fest, in which they produced the most aggressive set on a relentlessly chaotic lineup. Since then we have kept tabs on the four piece, looking forward to any new music they might release. We wait no more as ‘No Escape’ is very much on the horizon.

What we have here is nine minutes of mostly everything we have come to expect from the four piece, especially with the title track, ‘No Escape’. The raspy shouts, the crunchy riffs and pit enticing attitude. It’s a groovy singalong anthem with plenty of gang vocals that I expect causes pandemonium live. The formula is for a wild atmosphere.

Where this EP differs from the previous self-titled EP, which is five tracks of all-out ferocity, is the added influence of melodic hardcore in places, it’s subtle enough to not alienate the usual BONO sound. But, the slower riffs towards the end of ‘Despair’ and the throat tearing emotional shouts in ‘Axe To Grind’, the intricate guitar melodies on top also give the songs a slightly different atmosphere, but they still feature mosh segments for you to lose your shit to.

Production wise this isn’t the strongest, but it works towards that DIY hardcore appeal. The gritty sound just adds to the gritty atmosphere the music unleashes. The only downside to the EP as a whole is that the best track is leading single, ‘No Escape’, and sadly it’s the shortest song out of the four at just over a minute long. I can’t tell a band how to write, but their “balls to the wall” sing along anthems with a punchy attitude is certainly their strongest point. I’d love more of that.

For fans of Salt Wound, Belief System, Hardout, Adjust, Beer Money

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