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Barcode is Europe’s answer to Hatebreed as this Danish extreme entity aptly rolls out 16 tracks of adrenaline fueled hardcore with no holds barred. This quintet may not be the most groundbreaking, but can you really deny the Merauder meets Madball rage spit out on tracks like “Showdown” and “Bad Standing”? Not if you’re caught in between a circle pit you can’t, and this album is bursting with those kind of explosive moments where chaos can ensue at any moment. If you dig any of the aforementioned bands and have to quench a thirst for more blood boiling, lose your mind, chugga-chugga hardcore, look no further than SHOWDOWN.
- Mike SOS