The Rodeo Idiot Engine - "Malaise"
7.5Throatruiner

After all these years, you already know what to expect from a trustworthy label like Throatruiner Records. They always find a way to seek and extract the very best of French hardcore, no matter if it’s closer to Kickback‘s legacy or more alike to the screamo scene that erupted back in the 00s with stuff like Mihai Edrisch or Daïtro. What’s curious about The Rodeo Idiot Engine is how they juxtapose both those worlds of pure aggression and honest passion into a single frame of despair, fortress-like, pursuing rhythm digressions while deploying white walls of post-melody. This is French hardcore in a nutshell, striking what could be described as “Church Of Ra Aesthetics” as well. [PS]