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Album #274: Touché Amoré – Lament

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Label: Epitaph
  • Best Track: Exit Row

It’s been a bit of a peak fortnight for lovers of punk and post-hardcore music, including this new sixth album from Touché Amoré.

I’ve never listened to these before, and they sound like something I might have been really into about 15 years ago. Today, I can still get on with this sort of music emo/post-hardcore even if it’s a little too polished and theatrical in it’s anguish.

I quite like Jeremy Bolm’s throaty vocals that sound scarred rather than whiny as it sometimes the case in this genre. They’re probably best on ‘Exit Row’.

Other highlights include ‘Reminders’ (although it kind of disintegrates after a great verse) and the brooding, self-reflection of ‘Limelight’, while ‘Savoring’ is notable for an incredible piece of death metal-esque drumming.

It’s not quite for me, but definitely one of the better bands of their ilk.

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