Sweden’s Broken Cross have always straddled the border between metal and hardcore, and there’s good news about their latest album, Militant Misanthrope: that hasn’t changed a bit. Super moshable hardcore punk with a healthy dose of thrash metal is what you’ll get on Militant Misanthrope, which makes sense since Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind mastered the record. New song “Militant Misanthrope” is essentially a masterclass on what Broken Cross do best.
Starting with a very punk-sounding riff and a wolf howl before ripping into blazing solos and galloping thrash sections, it’s hard to believe that “Militant Misanthrope” is the work of one person, Niklas Holm.
“When I released the first Broken Cross album, Through Light to Night in 2015, I was really into photo montage art and artist John Heartfield in particular,” Holm says. “After years of admiring his art on Discharge and G.I.S.M. album covers, I decided to name the album after one of John’s pieces. I thought it was a clever take on history, art and the state of the modern world. Of course, no one got the reference. This time I wanted a simple title that says it all. “Militant Misanthrope” is a pretty straight forward punk rock song, with 80’s hard rock/heavy metal influences and some howling wolf sounds thrown in for good measure. It’s also the title of the new album. Hopefully it will appeal to the freaks and outcasts of the world. If not, at least the message should be clear.”
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