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Due for release on the 12th November 2012
Following up from their extremely well received debut EP 'Ocean', History Of The Hawk return with their incredible debut full length 'Future Ruins' taking the sound they developed on their previous release to a whole new level.
Blending the 90's DC Dischord Records hardcore style that made bands like Fugazi so big with more contempory bands like Converge and Gallows, and everything in-between, History Of The Hawk have developed a sound that is as angry as it is unique.
'Future Ruins' is brimming with off-kilter time signatures and sandpaper riffing, but whilst it's chaotic and at times dark it also manages to be hugely catchy and the melodies run all the way it's 15 tracks.
If you can somehow envisage being thrown from a car window and straight into a jet engine, you've managed to grasp the unpredictable ferocity that a History Of The Hawk listening experience provides, Their overall sound may be truly confusing amalgamation of various sub-genres, but it's a combination that proves bizarrely fruitful as it fearlessly guides the listener through wholly unverving terrain, constantly leaving you on edge via a mixture of fearless experimentation and extremely wellhoned hardcore sensibilities, Exposively jagged and consistently thrilling throughout, 'Future Ruins' is an absolute juggernaut of relentless sonic terror.
Black Country noise mongers History Of The Hawk are the latest addition to In At The Deep End, the label responsible for championing the likes of Architects and Beecher, so it should come as no surprise to hear that HOTH are a mixing pot of frantic discordant riffs and hardcore swagger. The debut album from the five piece is, in places, reminiscent of The Dillinger Escape Plan but with a more reserved British charm. It's one hell of a lesson though; HOTH speed through 15 tracks in double quick time, without a blink's space in the rushing whirlpool of intensity. 'Future Ruins' is an extravaganza that'll leave you with both ears ringing and an unquenchable thirst for more. - John Consterdine
Metal Hammer 7/10
Short, razor-sharp punk fury from the Midlands.
In At The Deep End's pedigree when it comes to unearthing and nurturing young British talent ought to be the envy of every label in the land. Not least with a band like History Of The Hawk.
Taking spiky pointers from the likes of Future Of the Left, History Of The Hawk bundle the sneer and spite of punk without trying to dampen it with softer, melodic edges.
With distortion on the guitars at the bare minimum, it's sometimes left to vocalist Nathan Coyle's rasping vocals to give Future Ruins a leg up in the aggression stakes, but the bitter brevity of sub-minute offerings like 'Ex Wives' keeps everything nice and punchy.
Indeed, it's only on the out-of-character slow brewed misery of 'Terraforming' that the album feels the need to break the three minutes mark, relying instead on successive short stab'n'snarls to keep from sounding stale. This is scratchy abrasive stuff. Stourbridge has never sounded so on edge. - Hugh Platt
Big Cheese 4/5
Pleasingly intense angular noise on this midland outfit's debut.
Sometimes it feels like there are all too few UK bands willing to eschew melodic hooks and instead make their play for wider recognition with a more uncompromising sound, But the West Midlands outfit set their stall out from the off with the short, sharp blast of 'Descending Light', and there's little let up from there on in - with the exception of the expansive 'Terraforming', which anchors the aural abrasiveness surrounding it in impressive style. With hints of the frenzied assault of Converge, the off-kilter stylings of Fugazi and the ballsy punk rock of Gallows, this is an invigorating, intriguing album. Nick Mann
Powerplay Magazine 8/10
Building on the heavier influences of bands like Converge, Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi and Neuosis, History Of The Hawk are the ultimate DIY progeny. Songs like 'Arab Spring' and 'Descending Light' take on a distressed and rapid approach, champing at the bit with a foaming intensity and dizzy convoltion. The 25 minutes of 'Future Ruins' will leave you spent, but when there is nothing left to give, there is nothing left to gain. History Of The Hawk prove that with aplomb. - Matt Ingham
Forget about the story of a mechanical eagle which supposedly landed on the moon in 1969. 2012 is the year of the Hawk. Damn, how intense can one band be? 'Future Ruins' is the band's first full length, released shortly after their EP, 'Ocean' and comes only one-and-a-half years after their inception. Noisy, chaotic rock this amazing, shouldn't be possible for five young English lads to come up with and create.
This is wonderful madness. With whips and fierce looking dogs, with mighty fangs, the music is barely kept under control. History Of The Hawk look to the very edges of where the beauty of music borders on the end of all we hold dear. Twisting like Refused, grinding like Converge, and yet grooving like Fugazi, under a thick blanket of unholy razorsharp screams. The intensity almost becomes too much at times.
I'm glad this review is from the download, as if I'd had the vinyl, it would surely have crept out of its sleeve at night to kill all who stood in its way and murder me in my sleep. One of the best, and most violent records, of the year. Humanity beware, History Of The Hawk are here to ruin the future for each and every one of us, and it's this ruined future that I'm looking forward to with a smile on my face - Martijn Welzen