Statues - No Grave, No Burial album review

Aussie hardcore mob bring some big guns to the battlefield

Cover art for Statues - No Grave, No Burial album

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An album based around a fictional civil war was always going to be aggressive and desolate, and these are two moods that Perth’s Statues paint across a vast canvas. The fertile soil of Australia’s heavy scene has birthed many hardcore bands in recent years, and this five-piece are amongst the most progressive. Even so, sound-wise it’s not the most adventurous record to hit the scene this year, but you can’t deny genuine emotion. Alex Shorn’s strained, throaty vocals soar over the expansive guitars that still maintain a certain Rage Against The Machine swagger and bounce. Elements of post-metal litter the soundscape, offering breathing space between the rampant, punkier tracks like Unrest. But it’s the title track where Statues hit hardest, with the crashing, spacious guitars threatening to swallow you whole… and it would succeed, if only the runtime wasn’t so unnervingly short.

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.