Review: Victim Culture – Victim Culture

download.jpgWritten by Matt Drummond

Talk about being pleasantly surprised; Victim Culture is a band that defines just that. I can’t even ballpark the amount of times someone has told me, “dude this is right up your alley!” Sometimes people are right, and more often than not, they’re far from right. When the inaugural album by Victim Culture came my way, expectations were low. It didn’t take long to realize that this trio from Colorado was set to impress.

Zack Hill (vocals, guitar), Connor Hampton (bass, vocals) and Noah Shockley (drums) seem to have a goal of crackin’ open the Rockies, and tapping into a hardcore punk gold mine. And take it from me, they succeed!

With their lively self titled album slated as the official maiden voyage for these guys, it has proven to be a nefarious but rhythmic display. The eight track incursion of the senses is quick to begin and at just under 23 minutes in length, it’s quick to end. The tracks lean heavy on a classic punk vibe with perfectly placed transitions. From viscous, unrefined sounds to melodic riffs, the songs shift well, but somehow fuse together perfectly.

The album bursts out of the gates with opening track, ‘OMDB’ (Over My Dead Body).’ It’s always good when a band exhibits what kind of album they’ve put together by using their first track as a pacesetter. ‘OMDB’ acts as the perfect conductor for the album, flaunting the heinous intentions Victim Culture have for listeners. The breakneck guitar work, swarming drums and extremely coarse, grating vocals cut to the bone.

As the album unfolds, the aggression refuses to cease. Although the album is quite aggressive, the majority of the tracks contain hauntingly good hooks. Tracks like ‘Hostile’ could almost be defined as “catchy,” but in a bad ass way, I assure you.

This is an album that is easy to get caught up in. I felt myself feeling bummed out at the conclusion of the eight tracks in under a half hour, but listening to it over again solidified itself even more. With my personal favorites being track two, ‘Night After Nightmare’ and track three, ‘Noose,’ I can’t stress enough that all eight songs are amazing.

When I asked Victim Culture what the overall goal for the album was, my respect for the band only grew:

“Our overall goal, as a band, is to play some old school hardcore punk and raise awareness of mental illnesses. The main concept of our self titled is the terrible experiences people have with mental health problems.”  -Victim Culture

8.5/10

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