Scab Eater – Ultra Vires LP
No Patience Records, 2019
“SCAB EATER: ‘Ultra Vires’: A relentless offering of slam-centric hardcore from one of Australia’s most uncompromising groups. Uncompromising not just in sound and style, but in their breakneck tour schedules, extreme DIY approach, and their absolute dedication to the underground. Completing countless circuits of Australia including locations far off the beaten track, as well as comprehensive European and South East Asian tours…. Battling immigration, far right aggressors, white nationalists, run ins with police and more…… SCAB EATER have blazed a trail through these regions, establishing themselves as one of Australia’s most vital underground groups!
Sonically ‘Ultra Vires’ presents 9 tracks of desperate and ferocious hardcore, not out of place alongside the likes of BOSTON STRANGLER, SADIST, SICKOIDS, THE NIHILISTICS and more. However what makes this record somewhat unique to my ears is the influence of 90s and early 00s rock in the riffs. Perhaps long hours on the road blasting early SOUNDGARDEN and QOTSA left a subconscious imprint on the leather jackets and chains of the group’s collective psyche, resulting in a record far more melodic and groove focused than your standard affair. Don’t get me wrong, this is a HARDCORE record first and foremost….. but there’s something else raging just below the surface……. Without a doubt their most fully realized offering to date”