U.K. rising hardcore stars Ithaca are hardly newcomers, but their debut full-length The Language of Injury is set to expose them to a much wider audience than their first two EPs from 2014 and 2015. A hiatus from recording gave them time to hone their aggressive but listenable and fun chops, exemplified in a fitting video for their latest single "Impulse Crush."
Framed in two competing performance narratives, one in impending darkness and the other a light-filled warehouse complete with neon confetti and brightly colored wardrobes, the clip strips the band down to relative basics while they do what they do best: perform. Singer Djamilia Azzouz told Kerrang!, "There's a lot of anger. But every time I play those songs there is a level of catharsis in being able to emotionally let go."
And let go they do; Ithaca are a commanding unit, acting as one solid entity conducting the same path of energy throughout each member. The talents of a practiced band are evident but it's impossible to fake the kind of chemistry that leads to truly great energy among a group, and this one has it. Cohesive and passionate, driven and furious, yet never looking like they're having anything but the best time, Ithaca are poised to further invigorate the metallic hardcore scene away from their home base of London with this coming release.
The Language of Injury is out on February 2nd via Holy Roar Records. Pre-order your copy and browse their older releases on Bandcamp.