“October Kids” and “Schlitz Faced,” the first singles released from The Kreutzer Sonata‘s upcoming sophomore LP The Gutters of Paradise, suggested the band going straight for the heart with their uncompromising hardcore punk punch. The fifteen song release is out on February 14th, and it’s everything you are hoping for when it comes to the genre in 2018.
“Disaffected,” “The Only Thing I Know for Sure” and “Storm Hall” are chock full of panic-stricken dissonance and frenetic fretboard runs, though the opening of “Instinct” splits the difference by keeping the guitar in a constant state of motion. Meanwhile, the half-time drums add to the sense of perturbation, like you actually ARE falling farther and farther.
As the best bands of their subgenre have done — Morning Glory, Converge, and Code Orange, to name a few — The Kreutzer Sonata mastered chaos before transcending it. Though disorder often seems to control those who try to tame it, it’s clearly serving these Chicagoans, rather than vice-versa.