Published May 06, 2016For their first full-length, Manchester hardcore unit Broken Teeth have put together a set of songs that waste no time getting to the point. Furious from the get-go, the five-piece lay down thick, thrashy riffs, but unfortunately end up plateauing relatively early.
Drawing heavily from '90s crossover acts like Merauder and Ringworm, Broken Teeth find their strength in bouncy, head-banging verse riffs on "Stomp 2 Dust," rhythmically shifting gears with muted tremolo chugs. The album's title track runs longer than most, but stays interesting thanks to constant transitioning from the hardcore swing of the verses to blistering solos and then back again. There's a slight tendency to repeat here, as many of the songs are structurally similar and build to a breakdown, and none reach the magnitude of "Show No Mercy," an unrelenting pummelling following already crushing verses, and a squealing dive-bomb.
Broken Teeth lack nothing in the departments of aggression and energy, but their redundant structuring and repeated use of certain melodic pockets lends a certain sameness to the album as a whole, making At Peace Amongst Chaos good where it could have been great. (Nuclear Blast)