Do you know what bugs me about many hardcorebands nowadays? It’s all so formulaic, like a polished trick. It is all so safe! Whether it’s fashioncore, metalcore, youthcrew, mosh or whatever, many bands act exactly the way they believe they should.
Luckily, there are still bands with an identity of their own. Bands that don’t practise their ‘moves’ in front of a mirror in their parents bedroom, but bands that are just all over the place. Rentokiller is such a band. They grab you by the throat and scream in your face. No controlled tricks, only an attitude that portrays “I do whatever the fuck I want!” (but not in the Bam Margera MTV-way).
Music wise, Rentokiller has that intense, discordant crust-vibe going on. But within this they incorporate many different influences. Every once in a while you might hear a bit that sounds like Entombed, or a riff that could come from Converge. Or you end up thinking “hey, did I just hear a bit that could be from a His Hero is Gone-record I’ve never heard before?”, and at that point the band goes over to a part that Mötorhead wished they had come up with.
The odd thing is that this all seems to fit together.
Most bands that take such a wide range of influences end up sounding too complex and just technical for the sake of it. But on ‘Vigil’, Rentokiller shows that you can have all those influences and still sound accessible. Accessible and mean. Or Accessible and wild, whatever you want.
A band that sounds like themselves, that is original and not afraid to experiment. All this, whilst still sounding like an intense hardcore punk band, and not like a jazzy metalband or whatever. Who wouldn’t want to hear that?