ROHT – “Iðnsamfélagið Og Framtíð Þess” (2018)

This isn’t my first rodeo with ROHT. I’ve previously written about four different releases from the Icelandic punks and overall I have been impressed with their brand of hardcore. I was definitely interested in hearing their new full length release put out by Seattle’s own Iron Lung Records – I knew it would be decent. But…

Iðnsamfélagið Og Framtíð Þess is some next level shit.

I was not prepared for the assault coming from my speakers as the opening track “Blóð” kicked into gear, lurching out of the gate like a motorcycle popping the clutch. The guitar assault is fuzzy and driving, the drums relentless, and the vocals tear the paint off the walls with their raspy aggression. It flirts with hardcore, thrash, and black metal, giving no fucks and taking no prisoners. The album’s name translates to Industry And It’s Future, and that industrial component is on display across all eight songs, the speaker distortion giving the whole thing the feel of being blasted in an abandoned warehouse littered with the debris of a once modern manufacturing plant. It’s the sound of decay.

There’s an underlying pattern to Iðnsamfélagið Og Framtíð Þess. I hear it primarily in the incessantly unyielding guitar work, which may be more foundational than the rhythm section, the bass and drums instead stepping up and offering dark nuance to the individual tracks. A pounding that you can’t escape that is also reminiscent of a working factory pounding out part after part after part… the vibration producing a dull ache in your bones as you tend to your machine minute after minute, agonizing hour after agonizing hour, day after day, never stopping, uncaring, pulling away tiny bits of your humanity with every single part it spits out… ka-chunk, ka-chunk, ka-chunk…

The vinyl is available on the Iron Lungs Bandcamp page HERE, and it appears to be an edition of 500 – 350 in black and 150 colored. (♠) Killer record – highly recommended.

(♠) The narrative about the release indicates the color is translucent green, but when ordering the option is red. Not sure which is right.

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