International grindcore-death-punk force IMPLORE have been around since 2013. They’ve put out two albums, “Depopulation” (2015) and their Century Media debut “Subjugate” (2017), as well as a number of singles and split releases. Just like its members are spread all across Europe, never really settling down anywhere, IMPLORE have literally played hundreds of shows all over the globe, a good number of which they’ve booked themselves – always staying true to the DIY spirit inherent in the underground niches of extreme metal and hardcore punk, which goes hand in hand with their unapologetic political and socio-critical direction. After going through another line-up change before the recording sessions to their upcoming third studio album “Alienated Despair” IMPLORE are back even stronger and angrier than ever, not giving the listener any time to recover from the constant onslaught of heavy death metal riffage, grinding blasts, punkish d-beat attacks and inhuman breakdowns. Their raw energy and in-your-face attitude coupled with an incontestably skillful execution will appeal to both the die-hard fans of old school death metal and grindcore like Entombed, Carcass or Napalm Death as well as appreciators of contemporary extreme metal bands with ties to the hardcore scene like Converge, Trap Them or Full Of Hell. Songs like the first single “All Consuming Filth” demonstrate how IMPLORE have put extra dedication into more varied songwriting without losing their aim to destroy, upping the violence while at the same time incorporating an undeniably catchy chorus. Another pretty straight forward and by IMPLORE standards moderately paced single, “Never Again”, features none other than Tomas “Tompa” Lindberg of AT THE GATES and DISFEAR on guest vocals. And “Parallax”, scratching on the 4 minute mark, is not only the longest song the band has ever recorded, it might also be amongst their most punishing ones, finishing off the constant blast-beat attacks in its first half with a double-bass laden breakdown reminiscent of the mighty Bolt Thrower. Armed with a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve IMPLORE again self-produced “Alienated Despair”, this time trying out new means and a more focused approach: If you’re looking for an album that resembles a good old-fashioned bare-knuckle brawl, look no further!