Birds In Row – We Already Lost The World album review

We Already Lost The World delivers fearlessly turbulent hardcore courtesy of Birds In Row

Birds In Row – We Already Lost The World

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We Already Lost The World

Birds In Row We Already Lost The World album cover

1. We Count So We Don't Have To Listen
2. Love Is Political
3. We Vs. Us
4. Remember Us Better Than We Are
5. I Don't Dance
6. 15-38
7. Triste Sire
8. Morning
9. Fossils

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We’ve been waiting six years for Birds In Row to release their second bout of emotional destruction, and We Already Lost The World has left us quivering on the floor covered in tears and bruises. 

Exorcising every single demon in the band’s collective pitch-black psyche, this is an album of heartache and anguish, exploring a well of human emotion so deep you can almost hear their broken heart bleeding onto the microphone. 

Hitched to nothing resembling a discernible chorus, the lyrics read like poetry, rich in imagery and metaphor; this is not nonsensical, macho chest-beating, it’s intelligent, poignant art. 

From Triste Sire’s intense, sub-two-minute stream of consciousness to the expansive ode to narcissism, Remember Us Better Than We Are, to the chaotic album highlight, I Don’t Dance, this downward spiral changes pace and weight at every turn. Never has misery sounded so good.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.