Review – Slumlord

Album: Preview of Hell
Release Date: March 7, 2018
Genre: Hardcore

Hardcore legends Slumlord from Edmonton are back with their fourth album. If you’re a fan of hardcore, Preview of Hell is bound to be the album of the year for you. Originally formed in 2012 and releasing their previous record Love All Serve None in October 2014, Slumlord’s sound is just as hard-hitting as their shows. Though it seems that the band disappears between shows and albums for long periods of time, they come back with a vengeance with each album.

“Patiently Waiting” was the first single off of the album. The video can be viewed here. Kicking in with blast beats right away, Slumlord doesn’t shy away from their underground hardcore roots. With both the force of Dominic’s vocals and the intense music, you’re sure to have a different opinion on the lyrics with each listen through.

Into Bone” was released as the second single from the album. Just like “Patiently Waiting” the band brings that heart-felt intense feeling to the lyrics such as “in the distance, there is a song that doesn’t play for me” and “the wound that pushes deep into the flesh into the bone”. This is one of those songs that made me infuriated with what’s going on in society and re-open my eyes to the changes that should be made.

Another personal favourite track was “It’s Going to Hurt Me, It’s Going to Hurt You”. Though the shortest track on the album, it had an extreme anthem feel to it and it made a great transition into “Into The Bone”.

If you’re a fan of hardcore bands, don’t miss out on this one! Guaranteed you’ll have this release on repeat for hours, with each track exuding a new feeling. Grab the album on their Bandcamp, turn that volume up, and start head-banging and fist-pumping through 14 solid tracks.

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