Share THRESHOLD – Reaching Hand (Chorus of One Records)
They hail from the Portuguese hardcore scene.  Who would have thought there was such a thing?  They are loud and shouty and seem very pissed off about something.  From listening to this disc, I’m not sure what they are pissed off about because vocalist Sofia sounds like she swallowed a swarm of angry bees.  Fortunately, the lyrics are inside the cover and I discover they are pretty much pissed off about just about everything.  

This is existential angst played at very high volume. Fortunately, they reveal they are all getting stronger.  It’s not that the lyrics make any real sense.  It’s just these words keep getting thrown around in the beatnik cut-up sprawl of their wrath.  I have to divine meaning from the abuse.  It’s a bit like reading the future in the entrails of goats.

The music has elements familiar to all brands of hardcore (Portuguese or other).  The drums go thumpity thump and the guitars squeal.  It all happens very vast.  There is also a strange tip of the hat to proto eighties goth bands like UK Decay, Theatre of Hate and the Southern Death Cult.  Blink and you’ll miss them.  There are five songs on this EP and about nine minutes of music.  These kids make an enjoyable racket and they don’t waste your time doing it.  You’ll never sing along to one of their songs.  They’ll never be on your top ten list of great bands.  Good on them.  All the more power to them for that.  Next time I’m in Lisbon, I’ll check them out if they haven’t gone back to live with Mum or got jobs in Supermarkets by then.  I’m guessing live they do a 25-minute set with about seventy songs in it.  Demented Portuguese youngsters will bounce violently across walls and ceilings.  I can’t imagine there will be a lot else to do there at night. - Bob Short


 

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