Fresh Picks: Dock 83.
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With two EPs, a split, a number of singles and a recently released full-length, it’s safe to say that Utrecht natives Dock 83 are in it for the long run with their blend of Post-Hardcore and Metalcore infused contemporary abrasive and massive Melodic Hardcore.
The genre has taken something a step away from its traditional Punk and Hardcore roots in recent years confining the rage and emotion to lower tempos, gratuitous riffs and emotive melodies for the most part.
Now this is where Dock 83 come in, for they are a band who count themselves amongst this number but still they a band who haven’t completely left their lineage behind.
The band’s debut full-length was released very recently and within the first few bars of the lead track holds a toast to the pace of old-school Hardcore Punk and modern NYC Hardcore alongside Metalcore appreciating vocals.
‘Set It Off’ hints at the new direction of the band’s trademark infusing itself with a more melodic and driven sound echoing the above as well as a band I have found myself drawn towards more so recently, Stick To Your Guns.
With Ceylon the almost constant journey Dock 83 have been on since their inception seems to be running more smoothly. Their sound feels whole, more rounded and comfortable within itself as it progresses. If there was one main criticism from their older material it’s that it didn’t feel as cohesive it could have done, which in part can be said to be down to the natural progression of a band going through the motions.
Dock 83 are approaching Hardcore from multiple directions and I’d advise you to be at the intersection as they converge. No pun intended…
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