Tensions On High, the scorching new EP by Southern California hardcore/crossover outfit TAKE OFFENSE, will see release through Flatspot Records this Friday. Svbterranean has posted an early stream of the record alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the EP.
Drawing from Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, DRI, and the ’80s hardcore visionaries who pioneered hardcore and metal’s earliest experiments, TAKE OFFENSE pushes their sound to dizzying heights on Tensions On High, forging a sound that’s as familiar as it is fresh. Tensions On High was recorded at Jet To Mars Studios by Nick Jett (Terror), mixed and mastered at Casa Sonido by Nick Jett, and finished with cover art by Gera Vega with layout and design by Jose Gonzales.
Svbterranean offers with their track-by-track dissection and advance stream of the EP,
“Tensions On High comes stampeding in with five new tracks of thrashing, stage dive inducing hardcore. Drawing influence from both the 80s scene and contemporary hardcore, TAKE OFFENSE provide a blistering good time.”
TAKE OFFENSE will join Madball, Death Threat, Turnstile, Shark Attack, and many more at United Blood XII in Richmond, Virginia on April 6th and 7th. Upon their return to California, they’ll tear through the state supporting Sheer Terror on four shows, playing April 12th through 15th in Pomona, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego. May will see TAKE OFFENSE supporting Life Of Agony in San Diego on the 22nd. Two new shows have been confirmed for Europe in August, including a set at the massive Ieper Hardcore Fest with Converge, Ramallah, High On Fire, Death Threat, Conflict, and tons of others, as well as the Still Cold BBQ with Risk, Harm/Shelter, Scope, and more. Watch for additional new tour dates to be announced.
4/06-07/2018 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA @ United Blood XII w/ Madball, Death Threat
4/12/2018 Characters – Pomona, CA w/ Sheer Terror, Easy Money
4/13/2018 Den Of Sin – Sacramento, CA w/ Sheer Terror, Easy Money
4/14/2018 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Sheer Terror, Easy Money
4/15/2018 Space Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Sheer Terror, Easy Money
5/22/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ Life Of Agony
8/10-12/2018 Ieper Hardcore Fest – Iper, BE w/ Converge, Ramallah, Death Threat, Conflict
8/12/2018 Kulturzentrum Faust – Hannover, DE @ Still Cold BBQ w/ Risk, Harm/Shelter, Scope
Following several records through Reaper Records and others, TAKE OFFENSE returns with another dose of concrete solid, blazing metallic hardcore with Tensions On High. Established in 2004, TAKE OFFENSE could easily slide into the “established band” pattern of putting out a passable, if uninspired album every few years. Instead, spending the past five years touring, refining and dialing in the five new tracks on Tensions On High yields only the most prime, crucial outbursts the band has to offer.