Albany, New York-based metallic hardcore practitioners, CONCRETE, today unveil their ominous video for “Starving Serpent.” Now playing at Decibel Magazine, the track comes off the band’s Free Us From Existence full-length, released digitally last month via Blood Blast Distribution.
Writes Decibel, “It has been an extremely solid few years for extreme metal-influenced hardcore, with bands like Jesus Piece, Fuming Mouth, Like Rats, and Genocide Pact delivering a slew of rowdy, mosh-oriented albums… CONCRETE occupies a similar sonic territory, infusing a heavy metallic hardcore sound with traces elements of death metal.”
Elaborates the band of the clip, “‘Starving Serpent’ is about coming to terms with what’s inside of you. The aggressor and the victim are the same. The man in the chair is the inability to escape the pain and suffering that is also just as much a part of you.”
Free Us From Existence is out now. For digital orders, visit the CONCRETE Bandcamp page HERE where the record can be streamed in full. Physical preorders will be available via Black Voodoo Records beginning Friday, September 11th.
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 has unleashed 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), on 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.”
“The album takes CONCRETE’s usual hardcore sound and infuses it with more death metal influence, for a final result that’s nothing short of pummeling.” – Metal Injection
“It’s a total skull-crusher, using New York hardcore as a launching point but also incorporating black metally blasts, machine gun chugs, groove metal rhythms and more into its brutal assault.” – BrooklynVegan
“…their heaviest statement yet…” – No Echo
“… raw, uncompromising and ruthlessly savage… a brutal odyssey of extremity.” – Metal Hammer UK
“…a genuine progressive step from the foundations of the band’s debut, and the additions to the sound do nothing but make CONCRETE a more lethal music entity. This record is made up of seven, brutally excellent beatdown songs that take influences from as far as black metal and as close to home as ’80s hardcore…a heavy hitting but thoroughly excellent record…” – Distorted Sound
“…I’ve been a fan of CONCRETE since I finally put their first record into my car stereo and have been impressed with their journey thus far, but Free Us From Existence left me rather speechless for the last week as I tried to form the words to write about it. While they have many solid hardcore songs to pull from for a set, these seven tracks are going to be the standout songs from now on… CONCRETE has finally arrived.” – Stereokiller
“…purificating, dark hardcore mayhem…a must-listen.” – Metal Observer
“The landscape is broad and differentiated with black metal, death metal, and hardcore throughout. It is notable how much ground the band covers in just under thirty minutes, all the while keeping their own brand of menace intact and the thematic focus narrow.” – Flying Fiddlesticks
“…a battering audio experience filled with skull-crushing beatdowns [and] black metal blasts… This album has something for everyone. Kind of like Lunchables but packed with barbed wire and knuckle sandwiches.” – The Razor’s Edge