Информация: Philadelphia's Witch Hunt have joined the ranks of the Bat and offered up their 3rd & finest full-length yet! Formed in 2001 as a New Jersey trio, Witch Hunt soon moved their brand of aggressive punk to Philadelphia where they expanded their lineup to a four-piece and continued to evolve their sound as abilities caught up to ideas. That evolution is evident in their AT debut, Burning Bridges to Nowhere, which blends the primal rage of hardcore, the melodic-sense of Husker Du, and the moodiness of UK peace-punk into an album that will leave genre-purists scratching their heads and (hopefully) have ALL fans of hardcore-punk walking and/or rocking together a little more often!
Fans of AT's BlackNoise imprint and groups like I OBJECT and NAUSEA and even DISASTER STRIKES will love this, but anyone into melodic punk with screaming female vocals will also dig this! The LP has an insert & a printed inside dust jacket, and the CD is a handsome multipanel digipack!
When punk music is done wrong, it's easy to tell. The musicianship is either not there or it's prone to pointless, masturbatory noodling. The lyrics are ham-fisted, forcing rhymes to match cliches about bombs, systems and the streets. Worst of all is the pre-packaged allegiance to genre, where crust bands do this, emo bands do that, pop-punk bands do so-and-so, and most of them wind up committing that heinous crime without a name: genericide. Enter Witch Hunt and their newest album, Burning Bridges to Nowhere.
Simply put, this is punk done right. Here is a record from a so-called peace-punk band (or a "crust" band, if I'm to believe some fliers) with chorused guitars straight from Husker Du's Zen Arcade, male/female melodic vocal harmonies and exploding drum blasts giving way to hooks-a-plenty. A seven-year trail of EPs on local bedroom labels and two albums on Profane Existence document a band constantly evolving, outdoing itself with every new release. Burning Bridges marks a milestone to be sure. While fans will find a familiar energy in the gallop of "Septa Death" and album opener "Blind Eyes, Blind Lives," longtime listeners and new recruits alike will find new ground here, such as the hulking dirge of "Void", the stop-start precision of "Sick Industry", and the bittersweet chorus of the title-track. Avoiding "punk by numbers," while still rooting their progression in the rich tradition of DIY hardcore punk and post-punk, Burning Bridges aims at something current. With a wide spectrum of reference points from Rites Of Spring, Econochrist, and The Mob to Poison Idea, early Chumbawamba, and, of course, Husker Du, Witch Hunt has produced a thoroughly present hardcore punk album for 2009!