In Review: HALT EVER – BODY LIMITS (UNWOUND RECORDS, 2014)

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Body Limits from Melbourne’s Halt Ever came out in early July. It’s like awakening and then embracing a deep psychosis or a having a manic episode. It’s a collection of high tension activity, taut yet sharp. Expect an increase in pulse and maybe some induced paranoia.

Body Limits from Melbourne’s Halt Ever came out in early July. In typical fashion I’m late to the party but I don’t fucking care because being fashionably late is cool and Halt Ever are cooler.

The post-punk Halt Ever churn out is dark yet vibrant – frantic and schizophrenic in nature. It’s like awakening and then embracing a deep psychosis or a having a manic episode. It’s a collection of high tension activity, taut yet sharp; expect an increase in pulse and maybe some induced paranoia.

The six songs work well together, mixing slow churn epics with speedball punk. The guitars range from a wailing squall to a choppy storm, turning any safe purchase into chunky refuse. The vocals remind me a bit of The Chameleons, a deep, low range monotone that helps to take the edge off yet heighten the emotion. I also picked up shades of Total Control aggression, Witch Hats menace, and the speed of Deep Heat. It’s a dense sound – strong, pounding, and encompassing; it’s beautiful and dangerous, a blue flame in a dark room.

Body Limits was released on Unwound Records. I hear tell that they might be putting something else out next year through Brisbane’s Lost Race Records as well. This EP is well worth a buy for those eager to embrace a new blend of shadowy noise.

BANDCAMP / SOUNDCLOUD / UNWOUND RECORDS / LOST RACE BANDCAMP