Preachers and Creatures
Certain areas of the world seem to have a sort of signature sound attached to them, and that is definitely the case with Norwegian hardcore and punk, and with one of the newest bands to come out of that scene, Korrupt.
That’s not at all to say that Korrupt don’t sound unique, or put their own signature spin on this tried-and-true style. The group has a slightly more blackened edge than a lot of their punk and hardcore contemporaries, and vocals and riff patterns that already make this album memorable and noteworthy.
Korrupt keeps their tracks short and aggressive, with the longest song just under three minutes. They also tend to keep their song structures pretty simple and formulaic, but “No Past, No Future” stands out as one of the heaviest and fastest songs, and “Khaver” has a lot of depth and soul.
Interestingly, the band is from the “Bible belt” area of Norway, and much like their black metal brothers and sisters, have rejected the Christian doctrines they grew up with, and work some of those ideas into the music they make. Don’t oversimplify, though; the band makes it clear that this is not meant to be a concept album, and they also deal with topics such as capitalism and opposition to social norms on the record.
While the band may not be breaking much new ground, Korrupt are off to a solid start, and this is a good album to pick up if hardcore and punk are the mainstays of your collection.