Dead Retinas - Divine: EP Review
Local hardcore punk band, well local to Manchester, Dead Retinas have released another EP, Divine, containing three songs that relentlessly shake you to your core, chew you up, spit you out and shake you to your core again. It’s brutal and sometimes that is what is needed!
CJ’s voice is forceful yet has a level of precision that many singers miss in this genre, the drums are pummelling, the bass and guitars are like razor blades clawing at your ears. What is remarkable is that this is the latest incarnation of the band and their synergy is certainly there to be heard.
The three tracks are 10:28 of monstrous hardcore perfection. It’s pleasure and pain. It hurts, in a good way, and it makes you just want to play it again and again. Gold In Monochrome is a bruiser of the highest order, You Go Glenn Coco has a subtle underlying groove, well as subtle as the Dead Retinas get, and if the bodies haven’t hit the pit floor by the end of that they surely will during An Exercise In Bad Taste.
Having seen the band a couple of times live, this is a good reflection of where the band are right now and they are a great visual treat in the flesh – aggressive, dynamic and forceful as they swagger around the pit themselves.