Thursday 12 April 2018

Review: Kicking Nerve - Bipolar

It's not often you see a band move away from a large music scene to find their big break. But that's exactly what punk rockers from Athens in Greece, Kicking Nerve, did with their debut album Bipolar.

Where Kicking Nerve may arguably lack in technical ability, they more than make up for it with pure energy and power and their ability to sonically demolish anything in their path.

Clocking in at just over half an hour, Bipolar is over before you know it, but the record demands your attention the whole way through. It's captivating in its artful chaos; opener "Injured" begins with ringing feedback before Manos X leaps into action behind the drums, and the pressure doesn't let up until the very end. Bipolar is riveting in the ways it sculpts noise and feedback into something utterly compelling.

For Kicking Nerve, chaos is everything. The constant struggle between stability and chaos permeates Bipolar, and there's great beauty to be found in the band’s experience. Get the album from Bandcamp.

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