Hidden Gems: Broken Teeth – At Peace Amongst Chaos (2016)
Genre: Hardcore punk / thrash metal
Release date: 6th May, 2016
Record label: Nuclear Blast
For fans of: Pantera, Slayer, Madball
The debut and (to date) only album by Manchester hardcore quintet Broken Teeth, At Peace Amongst Chaos is as honest a record as you could ever hope to hear. From start to finish, this album is a half-hour of solid, anarchic riffs, skull-splitting growls and powerful, focused, driven aggression.
It’s a record without a care that is a million miles from musically complex, which, for some, will doubtlessly be a breath of fresh air. For those out there that believe music is too heavily divided and herded into genres and sub-genres, At Peace Amongst Chaos is the perfect remedy. It’s honestly difficult to slot Broken Teeth into any appropriate category: their album has the aggression and guitar-driven, hard riffage of metal, yet it also has the pissed off worldview and the DIY ideology of old-school punk. Clocking in at 30 minutes in length, At Peace Amongst Chaos certainly has the typical run-time of a punk record, yet it also has the crystal clear production of polished rock. Everywhere you turn, there seems to be a contradiction.
And that might just be the best thing about this entire album. Its honesty and lack of giving a rat’s ass about anything has led to its inability to be categorised and locked into a bubble. Yet, despite the classification confusion that may ensue in its wake, At Peace Amongst Chaos is almost criminally simple.
The longest entry on the record is barely over four minutes long, and the structures of the individual tracks mostly revolve around choruses that are just the repeated screaming of the song’s title. Broken Teeth’s musical delivery is mostly based in mid-paced territory, much like Pantera before them, but, probably thanks to the abruptness of the album, they never once overstay their welcome, giving a short, sharp, powerful punch to the throat before leaving the listener in a stunned daze.
It may not be a record that eats up much of your time, but At Peace Amongst Chaos is a guttural juggernaut that makes the most of every solitary second it has.
At Peace Amongst Chaos is still available physically and digitally via Nuclear Blast Records.