Genre: Hardcore, Punk
Label: Youth Attack
Despite their geographic isolation, Denver's CIVILIZED have emerged as
elites in the hardcore underground. Building upon their stellar Dust and
Blood EP, they unveil 13 new songs with a mastery that surpasses their
influences. This is how eternal US Hardcore is made: raise the standard
with scrutiny and persistence, smash all that is mediocre with brute
force and aspire toward truth by eliminating all that is not real.
Through these aims, CIVILIZED unveils a classic. Chopping Block is a
tour de force of modern hardcore—a barrage of hooks and jaw-dropping
shifts delivered in a burst of youthful fury. Zach Reini's vocals
astound as he leads the way in a sequence of perfectly executed
compositions that balance time-honored motifs with dizzying variety.
Engineered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios, with an
unforgettable cover shot by acclaimed photographer Daniel Shea,
CIVILIZED has laid your neck on the line. (Press Note)
*This is some really caustic, harsh, and ugly hardcore for fans of Salvation, Infest, Divine Right, and Repos. Overall, Chopping Block makes for an amazing listen. Highly recommended! Enjoy!
Youth Attack Records on Bandcamp
Civilized-Dust And Blood EP (2014)