Stallone are amongst the ranks of the recent resurgence in brilliant UK hardcore; and what an addition they are! Their debut album, ‘Mire’, was released last October and was received exceptionally well with a notable, thoroughly deserved 8/10 review from Rock Sound magazine, including this promising line, “they’ll be turning heads soon enough”. And that statement was not wrong! With their latest output ‘Cardiac Black’, Stallone are proving that ‘Mire’ was no accident, far from it. The band cement their punk ethics with a four track EP that was recorded live and sits at a sound 17-minutes long; an intense, visceral spit in the face of bland monotony. The EP encompasses everything that hardcore should be – perfectly discordant – particularly second track, ‘Familiar Chasms’, which crystallises the brutal, technical and somehow uniquely, beautifully melodic body of work. However, the final track, ‘Laboured Vessel’, makes clear that the band shouldn’t be completely pigeon holed; they are also capable of a more drawn out, building and doomy anthem.
If you’re a fan of anything within the realms of classic Every Time I Die and Dillinger Escape Plan, or new Palm Reader and Feed The Rhino, then I urge you to go and download this EP from the enigmatic, Surrey based four piece, for a mere £1. There’s no excuse.