Live Review: Code Orange Kids, Twitching Tongues, Broken Teeth and Esoteric Youth - The Star & Garter, Manchester - 26/03/2014


Any concern for lateness is instantly wiped by the thundering horror from Esoteric Youth. This local blackened hardcore mob has been slowly clambering up from the pit over the last year. There are moments when they utterly decimate the air in one fell swoop; straight to the point, fast furious songs. The most impressive parts however, are when they unleash songs with wide scope and influences. One song revels in a pulsating vacuum of post metal and noise. If there was one nagging point, it would be the mix in sound levels; whether this is intentional or not, it doesn’t balance itself well. Regardless, Esoteric Youth do well to impress. With a debut album currently in the works, and based on this performance, the band will capture attentive eyes further. (4/5)

Although I’m not the biggest Broken Teeth fan, I can’t deny the fact that they are a solid live band. The Manchester hardcore crew beef themselves up in a crossover thrash manner; a combo of riffs, riffs and yells. Although a small group of acolytes lap up their fury, you can’t help but feel too familiar with this scenario. Most hardcore bands in this style can only separate themselves from the pack with an added zing, which they seem to lack here. Whilst Broken Teeth keep the embers burning, there’s a sense you expect more from them. This is satisfactory for now though. (3.5/5)

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