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Shedding their previous glam-punk skin Hot Topic schlocky imagery, New Jersey's The Banner busts out of the gate with fangs-out ferocity on their new release, the 12-track FRAILTY. Apocalyptic and abrasive, this disc is a tumultuous tour de force of Samhain-esque eerieness and NYHC harshness rolled into a modern metalcore paradigm, packed to the gills with breakdowns and maddening guitar chugs ("A Hellbound Heart"). Leaning of the aesthetics of DIY hardcore punk, dank sludge metal and ugly power violence more than ever, this album lunges like a hulking beast ready to take out whatever gets in its way, showcasing The Banner's whole new perspective with unbridled heaviness.
- Mike SOS