Free Us From Existence, the new full-length from Albany, New York-based metallic hardcore practitioners, CONCRETE, has been unleashed in its entirety below. The album comes out today, Friday August 7th via Black Voodoo Records and Blood Blast Distribution.
Writes No Echo magazine, “Since forming a decade ago, CONCRETE has been delivering a fierce metallic hardcore style out of their homebase of Albany, the state capital of New York. With each release – including their 2014 split with Hammerfist and 2017’s Everything Ends Now – the group’s sound has grown darker and heavier, bringing in elements of death and black metal into their sonic palette. COVID lockdowns be damned because CONCRETE will be dropping their heaviest statement yet later this week in the form of Free Us from Existence.”
Adds vocalist Lenny Fletcher, “This record is about having the strength to break the shackles and truly be free by any and all means necessary. You can either learn to turn your anger and sadness into fuel or kill yourself trying. Whatever it may be, we need to be freed from this existence.”
Forged in late 2010, CONCRETE immediately made waves in the New York hardcore scene with their fast and heavy grooves and frenetic live output. Releasing a string of increasingly heavier and darker releases including their classic split with California’s Hammerfist (2014) and 2017’s Everything Ends Now, CONCRETE began to explore new sonic territory and move further from their heavy hardcore roots.
Three years later, CONCRETE is set to unleash their most brutal and intense record to date with Free Us From Existence. Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Shane Frisby and Pete Rutcho of The Brick Hit House (Revocation, The Ghost Inside, Bury Your Dead), with Free Us From Existence, CONCRETE unites elements of death, black, and thrash metal into their already pulverizing brew, manifesting a visceral and bloody audio experience that is sure to earn its place in extreme music for years to come. Notes the band of the record’s message, “We focused a lot on the negativity and disintegration of humanity in various forms from our seemingly unbreakable addiction to the internet and social media, to the self-destruction of humanity through hatred and lies and the apparent indifference to it all.”