Album: You Took The Sun When You Left
Review by Steve Jenkins
Hailing from Manchester, UK, Leeched, are a hardcore who only just formed last year. After releasing a successful EP titled Nothing Will Grow From The Rotten Ground, the band have already unleashed another brutal offering for us to spin-kick in the living room to. 2018 has been a very good year for new bands and their releases, not so much established bands though. The hardcore scene is often overflowing with bands that are trying to become the next big thing, and you have to really kick the door down and make an impact to be noticed.
Leeched are bringing some resurgence to the hardcore scene, with You Took The Sun When You Left's wrathful speed of grind and the ruthless attitude of hardcore bringing total fucking chaos and mayhem upon listening. This is the soundtrack you would put on if you were demolishing a building with a sledgehammer, it's pure carnage.
Let's take a look at the album’s first single, “Guilt”, which is a highlight and also embodies everything great about this LP. The vocals are savage, the drums are very clean and the guitars are droning yet metallic in some parts with scratchy feedback effects to do the majority of the lifting here. The end result is smash-mouth hardcore. The opening riff to “A Mouth Full Of Dirt” gives off a pummeling energy and breakneck ferocity that is extreme in every sense of the word. This album offers a lot of really unique characteristics that go beyond the measures of sounding like your run-of-the-mill hardcore band, standing above and beyond the competition in the process. You've also got superb production to thank for that as well.
As a more traditional fan of heavy metal and someone who's quite picky when it comes to hardcore music, I am completely impressed with You Took The Sun When You Left and everything it delivers. It's one of the finest releases this year on the heavy music spectrum, and as far as a debut album is concerned, the future for this band has to be bright with such a consistent and impressive effort such as this. This album delivers a powerful punch and I highly recommend it.
8.5 out of 10.
You Took The Sun When You Left is out now - Buy here: www.leeched.bandcamp.com