2017 has already shaped up as a big year for hardcore punk but it's going be difficult to top "Mass Panic", a track from Exit Order's latest album Seed of Hysteria. The chorus-drenched guitars and the forceful vocals of Anna Cataldo as she chants "There's money in the street", make it a frantic and clamorous piece of modern punk.
After arriving in 2013 with a great seven-song demo, the Boston based band's 7" EP follow up continued with the aggression but with slight shift towards a UK anarcho crust vibe.
Seed of Hysteria, a new 12" album available from Side Two Records and La Vida Es Un Mus Discos, has the band upping the ante that at times sounds like a faster Abrasive Wheels if they came from Cambridge, Massachusetts rather than Leeds, West Yorkshire.
In particular the vocals of Cataldo – who also plays in the excellent Leather Daddy – adds a bruising and powerful tone to tracks such as "Walk in Line" and "Still Water". This is an excellent album.