NINE OF SWORDS- You Will Never Die

This is a kind of punk rock scrapbook. It’s jam-packed and you can see the joins and you can see the glue. Which is all true, but does nothing to convey how much New York outfit Nine of Swords have got their shit together, and just how cohesive this, their second record, sounds. So, there is unabashed hardcore heaviness, downtuned metallic fuzz, upbeat melodies, big dirges, and small doses of electronic calm that I hesitate to call interludes because of just how essential they are, all cut and pasted here, but ‘You Will Never Die’ never feels haphazard or frantic. Even with Rachel Gordon’s frustrated screaming occasionally feeling disconnected from the music, like she’s taken one breath and is determined to keep going no matter what style the band play behind her, it somehow all comes together, it feels complete. A coalition of chaos, the tidiest mess.

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