Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
From the state of Georgia comes a peach of a hardcore release, the four-track ‘Forsaken‘ EP from Safety Switch. The band is clearly a young, up and coming act as it seems their first offering was the Demo ’17 release, from earlier in the year.
The band is comprised of vocalist Luke Cave, bassist Blake Grier, guitarist Ethan Gladish, and drummer Chris Ochs. The music of Safety Switch on Forsaken is densely constructed hardcore with some leanings into sludge and southern doom.
It is a short outing with an average playing time of less than five minutes. The songs are short bursts of pummeling savagery, but not in a “fast” sense of the word. With massive guitar riffings, crushing rhythms, and gravelly, aggressive vocals, this is no bullshit, straightforward music.
If sludgy hardcore is your thing, then this is right up your alley. It had me hearkening back to the days of old-school ‘core, which is a good thing, of course.
If you are inclined to go further and check it out, you can do so via the Bandcamp embedded stream below. Once there, it and the previously mentioned ‘Demo ’17’ are both available as Free Downloads.