Let's Talk Daggers: A Beautiful Life

Like your first driving lesson, Let’s Talk Daggers’ debut LP changes gears by suddenly skipping from first to fifth to third in the blink of an eye.

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Known in the UK underground as erratic experimentalists, the Eastbourne trio have harnessed their unhinged, bonkers brand of hardcore into 40 minutes of kitchen sink-tossing mayhem.

While the record never goes completely off the rails like IWrestledABearOnce, the disjointed, ADHD attitude (with the odd appearance of a brass section and something resembling a carnival in Carvery Vibes) is just joyous to behold.

It’s the sound of three mates walking into a practice room and making their ideas heard loudly through an array of instruments. The mainstream isn’t even a blip on the radar for this three-piece; they’re too weird and frantic to be accepted outside of the most ardent and eclectic music fans.

No big choruses, no ballads, it has the structure of a blind child Sellotaping cacti together, but it works. Metal needs more trumpets.

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.