Antagonist A.D. get back in the saddle for hellish ‘A.P.M.D.’.
One of the best opening tracks Antagonist A.D. have ever had for one of their releases was ‘A.D.‘, the first cut from 2012’s violent and frenzied ‘Nothing From No One‘ LP; a punishing, self-loathing hardcore record that was inspired by Mary Harron’s 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho. In this intro song, distant chugs and feedbacking guitars awash your ears as marching snare drum beats slam down the centre, ramping up to an explosive beatdown finish as spoken word samples speak of how us humans will always destroy the earth. Unequivocally stating that our cities are nothing more than cancerous black spots pushed up against the beautiful canvas of the earth.
That idea of our impact upon the planet, the footprint that we leave upon the local fauna and landscapes, has been touched upon again by New Zealand’s greatest hardcore heroes as past actions affect our species future. On their newest single, ‘A.P.M.D.‘ – code word for “All Pigs Must Die” – Antagonist A.D. put forth a beating rally cry to fight for a better world; “We are doomed to choke on the ashes of yesterday’s empires and their actions“. As most hardcore songs go, such end-world themes are typically expected, but it’s the sheer instrumental ferocity and vocalised venom from frontman Sam Crocker that makes ‘A.P.M.D.‘ just so fuckin’ deadly. Recorded, mixed and also mastered by Lance Prenc, this is a two-minute loaded-barrel that wastes no time getting into the thick of the sweaty mosh, with a solid two-step section half-way through as well.
Well-rested from their couple years away from the local music scene, the re-charged four-piece hit back in May 2018 with the baller, cage-breaking ‘No Justice‘. And with follow-up track, honestly, it’s just so good to have old Antag back but also to have them back better than ever! Check out some intensive live footage from their comeback Melbourne and Sydney shows from June (filmed by Warwick Hughes and Jay Wennington) below:
ANTAGONIST AD DEATH DEALERS TOUR
w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Antagonist AD, & Exile
FRI 09 AUG – Sol Bar, Maroochydore,
SAT 10 AUG – Miami Tavern, Gold Coast
SUN 11 AUG – Crowbar, Brisbane
FRU 16 AUG – Karova Louge, Ballarat
SAT 17 AUG – Barwon Club, Geelong
SUN 18 AUG – Pelly Bar, Frankston
FRI 23 AUG – Uni Bar, Wollongong
SAT 24 AUG – Miranda Hotel, Miranda
SUN 25 AUG – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith
FRI 30 AUG – Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga
SAT 31 AUG – Beer Deluxe, Albury
SUN 01 SEP – Village Green, Mulgrave