Chronoboros – It Happened Near Your Home
I can honestly say I’m a huge fan of what is happening in the Greek DIY scene in the past decade. Tons of bands emerged from crumbling basements, creating interesting and vital sounds, retaining a punk ethos while wildly diverging from the standards of the latest “craze” in the music underground. In the light of […]
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Title: It Happened Near Your Home
Release: LP / Digital
I can honestly say I’m a huge fan of what is happening in the Greek DIY scene in the past decade. Tons of bands emerged from crumbling basements, creating interesting and vital sounds, retaining a punk ethos while wildly diverging from the standards of the latest “craze” in the music underground.
In the light of the new Chronoboros record coming out, I’m happy to observe that the band’s sound has come a long way while not abandoning their approach to creating wildly diverse yet focused noise-infected post-hardcore, mixing sludgy off-kilter riffs with a metallic approach and shouty vocals.
Chronoboros were formed in 2014, springing from the hardcore punk circuit of Athens, Greece but their sound is evolving from the usual punk vocabulary, including noise rock, post-hardcore, math rock and sludge metal leanings. I don’t really like comparing bands back to back, but if by any chance you like Botch, Chat Pile, Unsane, Breach, Melvins and Neurosis, you will probably get a good kick out of Chronoboros as well.
Chronoboros’ fourth release, and third full length album to date, is named It Happened Near Your Home. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered by George Christoforidis at Ignite and finds the band realizing the dark undertones of their lyrics in powerful and transgressive musical form. Seven tracks that grab you by the throat and fail to release the tension until the last glitch of hypnotic guitar feedback. And then you long for some more…
The whole record hits as one and it’s really hard to pick a single or two tracks to point at as “bangers”, as they all are. It seems like this is one of these albums where you grow to love different parts after some time spent listening. Abject Body is a great opener for sure and probably the track I heard the most. Bottom line, the whole records is a sheer attack of tangled heavy riffage, manic drumming and screamed-out lyrics that hurt just right.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the cover art of It Happened Near Your Home features the famous “Colorado Springs, Colorado” (1968) by American photographer Robert Adams. An outstanding contrasting piece of work by itself, the image of an unkwown woman silhouetted in the window suggests some kind of exurban existential isolation and malaise (with the sharp precision and clarity of Edward Hopper) and makes for a great visual representation of this collection of Chronoboros tracks. On the album credits, Dan Graham is cited as an inspiration for his photographic work. The artwork and layout was done by Sealitwithsilver, also of Calf fame.
The record was released digitally and vinyl on Tuesday, 13th of September 2022 as a self-released effort. The vinyl is strictly limited to 100 pieces, so don’t drag your feet. I know I won’t.
In Greece the records will be distributed by remarkable DIY labels Body Blows Records (Crete) and Nothing to Harvest Records (Karditsa), with some copies available in Rhythm Records and Scarecrow Records in central Athens.