Review: Black Coast – Ill Minds Vol. 2

Review: Black Coast – Ill Minds Vol. 2

One of the UK’s most interesting young bands, Black Coast, have released their follow up to last year’s ‘Ill Minds Vol 1‘. Although volume one played it safe, rarely deviating from the quintet’s generic hardcore sound. ‘Ill Minds Vol 2′  is a more creative affair. It throws caution to the wind and sees Black Coast reveal their ambitious side.

The clear opener, ‘Act II’ is a frenzied track with undeniable energy. Frontman Charlie Hewitt delivers lyrics with feisty anger while his bandmates carve out technical guitar riffs. When taken at face value, ‘Act II’ – and, in fact, all of ‘Ill Minds Vol. 2’ – can seem like nothing new. Although it’s a brief insight into the inner workings of Black Coast, yet if you listen closely and you’ll hear melodic guitar licks, complex drum patterns, and perfect production which keep things interesting.

The ominous interlude, ‘Solace’ provides a gentle moment of calm before ‘Diablo’ steamrolls its way in. With chugging guitars and Hewitt’s screams, it’s a visceral slice of metallic hardcore that is relentless in its execution.

Weird’ offers something else to pique the interest; with a bouncy beat and a huge chorus, this track sparks thoughts of Cancer Bats’ own immense sound. It highlights the Stoke-On-Trent quintet’s ability to deliver bold melodies while being complemented by their progressive instrumentation.

‘Lost My Limits’ closes out Black Coast’s third EP as it began; full throttle angst with a dense rhythm section rumbling alongside sharp guitars and Hewitt’s impassioned roars. For a final impression, they leave sounding defiant and self-assured to take on whatever comes next.

While their sound doesn’t always stand out from the crowd, Black Coast make up for it with their ambition and subtle experimentation with layering instruments captures attention. ‘Ill Minds Vol. 2’ is an intense release and suggests Black Coast are a dogged band, determined to continually outdo themselves.

3/5

‘Ill Minds Vol. 2‘ by Black Coast is released on 8th March on Primordial Records.

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Words by Dottie Giles (@DottieG19)

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