Big Cheese’s Aggravated Mopery is full of hardcore goodness. As a love letter to the 80s New York Hardcore scene, the record continuously provides pulsating drum beats and catchy rhythms to keep listeners energized. Big Cheese stand tall waving the flag for the New Wave of British Hardcore, keeping each track heavy, fun, and refreshing.
The guitars in “TCP” immediately begin shredding, with the rampant drum beat and vocal barking following right after. The track is a consistent ride in adrenaline and hectic energy, ramping up the intensity with every second. “Pass the Buck” draws on the instrumentation, bringing out a drawl in the guitars. The material plays around with pace for a brief time, all before erupting into a blitz of energy. While there is just as much of an intensity to this song as heard in the previous track, there’s more technical elements at play. Drum beats may be flying one way as the guitar is shrieking in another direction, creating an exciting track that is all over the place (presented in the best way possible).
“Night Keeper” has a somewhat classic rock vibe in its guitar intro. When things officially kick off, Big Cheese maintain this style, offering a new side to their sound. For a moment, it almost comes off like a different band, presenting this rock/thrash style that is super exhilarating and welcoming. “Glass In Your Foot” takes this same concept, while bringing in more hardcore traits into the structure. Tempo is shifting all over the place, contorting and thrashing about. The self-tilted final track continues this vibe, leaning more towards the rock/thrash elements. Vocals don’t appear until halfway through the material, coming together to sound quite similar as the previous song.
Aggravated Mopery is an absolute good time, promising a mix of chaotic sounds that will keep listeners head banging and moshing. Big Cheese can be proud to know that they’ve crafted a body of work that infuses the sounds and styles they deeply care for, and present them in a killer fashion.