Löckheed – Conflict Delirium 7″ (Blown Out Media)

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Löckheed is one of the newcomers on an international d-beat scene commencing from Santa Rosa, California. This noisy trio nails the chaotic atmosphere close to what Disclose tried to achieve a couple of decades ago, but with even more fuzziness than Japanese hardcore punk predecessors. To serve as a reminder, Löckheed has published equally good demo recordings in November last year, comprised of four raging numbers. Conflict Delirium is their debut 7” record released in March this year by Blown Out Media. This piece of plastic includes four decent homages to specific subgenre of hardcore punk that can easily sound repetitious, depending upon the creativity of those who’re performing this particular music. However, Löckheed somehow contrived to sound fresh through these compositions, mainly because of their exceptional approach to d-beat sound. Conflict Delirium commences with Extermination, ferocious composition followed by distorted basslines at the very beginning. Löckheed pairs Swedish and Japanese d-beat sound accompanied by blistering guitar shreddings. The production vividly mimics the nineties production, but despite loads of noise, Conflict Delirium sound bit polished. Löckheed continues at the same pace with Catastrophe, another immensely energetic number with meaningful post-apocalyptic lyrics. The band predicts the possible outcome of nuclear fallout through tremendously performed composition. Catastrophe shifts forward to more advanced technicalities of the contemporary d-beat scene, but the production holds them in line with Swedish records produced during the nineties. Agency begins on the second side of Conflict Delirium. Löckheed has decided to slow down a little bit, but the crispy riffages are still there, reminding about the relentlessly aggressive approach of the entire band. Agency questions the men in power, agencies prowling behind the multinational corporations, manipulated authorities, and their drastic actions in suppressing the basic human rights and freedom of speech. This particular track leans towards traditional Discharge sound, with compelling guitar works being dominantly grouped upfront in the mix. Conflict Delirium is the closing song of this piece of wax. This number discusses the absurdity of war and the unnecessary suffering of physically devastated soldiers who’re battling on the frontline. Löckheed has decided to speed things a little bit, so this track includes another dosage of raw hardcore punk accompanied by maniacal cymbal splashing. Closing number resembles the obscure sound of Disclose followed by repetitious guitar shreds that indicate a brilliant ending of this tremendous 7” record. Löckheed has managed to assemble the perfect dosage of rawness, aggression, dynamics housed into four distinctive compositions that reminiscent the sound of heavyweights such as Disclose, Dischange, Anti-Cimex, Avskum, plus dozen of others who were profoundly stimulated by the unique sound of Discharge. The group has decided to donate all the proceeds of their record to The Black Visions Collective and Bay Area Anti-Repression Bail Fund. Support the great cause by purchasing the vinyl record at the Löckheed Bandcamp page.

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