stream The Armed’s new LP ‘Only Love’ with Ben Koller of Converge on drums
There's basically no other band like Detroit collective The Armed. They work elements of punk, hardcore, screamo, black metal, noise, shoegaze, post-punk, electronics, and more into their undefinable sound, which tends to cover more ground on one song than most bands do on entire albums. They've got multiple vocalists who go back and forth and deliver everything from the most delicate whisper to the harshest shriek, and they also work with a different drummer on every album. Their last album, 2015's Untitled, had Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Sumac) behind the kit, and the upcoming Only Love was done with Ben Koller of Converge, Mutoid Man, All Pigs Must Die, and more. Like Untitled, they recorded this one with Converge's Kurt Ballou producing.
With Koller behind the kit, you basically know you're going to get a crushing album, and The Armed deliver. Only Love is a truly spastic album that can often sound like Deafheaven, Circle Takes the Square, pg.99 and Made Out of Babies rolled into one band, and somehow, it's still accessible. Some parts are mind-bending, and others are just a pure adrenaline rush. Some parts are coarse and dissonant, and others are kinda pretty. It's really not everyday you'll hear an album like this, so do yourself a favor and just give it a listen. A full stream premieres below.
If you like what you hear, order a copy. It officially comes out tomorrow.