It’s been a while since I’ve heard an album that’s stacked in heaviness. It has to be an album I’ve enjoyed listening to, such as ‘Inhumane’ by Bearers, or the last Gideon record. But We Move As One, the second album from Ironed Out is absolutely disgusting. From the moment the vocals come in, you’re in for a treat.
I have noticed that a lot of bands are tapping into their angrier side, like Bring Me the Horizon and Don Broco. Their latest songs have been heavier than we’ve seen them in a while. But Ironed Out is straight out hardcore, with a load of snarling riffs that say “fuck you.”
It opens with the grimey riff of ‘Pavement Strong.’ The rapping fits perfectly with the angry guitars, while the drumming is tight and focused. The lyrics are very territorial because they represent London, while the breakdown at the end is filthier than a slug sandwich.
‘Crazy Old World’ offers something different, with clean vocals in the chorus. They help to keep the record sounding fresh while the lyrics are about pushing through in the madness of life: “Time and time again, trying to make ourselves heard / standing around in this crazy old world.” I wish gigs were a thing, because the nasty breakdown at half speed at the end of the song would have me spinkicking and stagediving all over the place. There’s also a funky bassline in the middle. This shows their influences are varied, which is really awesome.
I’ve been listening to a lot of UK rap and grime lately, and I love it for its passion and honesty. Ironed Out combine rap and hardcore perfectly on We Move As One. I like how this album is filled with chunky riffs and there’s no letting up at all. I think the production is better in comparison to their first album, Us and Them because it’s polished, unleashing the power of their songs.
I think if you’re into The Ghost Inside, Hacktivist, or Madball you’ll love We Move As One.
Words by Ermis Madikopoulos