ARTIST: COPE

TITLE : The Shock Doctrine

LABEL : Self-released

RATING : 7.5/10

WORDS : Michael Woodworth

The hardcore genre is one of the hardest genres to sound unique in. There are so many bands to pull influences from that to the untrained ear, it all sounds the same. To mix that with punk is just what the listener ordered. COPE’s new album The Shock Doctrine, out now, is an eight song journey filled with everything a harcore / punk lover needs.

with influence pulled from Foo Fighters but also throws in some more melodic hardcore, making the listener feel like they are in an open area, rife with little vocal echoes. T

The album starts out with “Life in 3D” and right off the bat, the energy is immediately brought in with two hardcore vocalists hitting gutteral screams over smashing instrumentals. The song focuses on catchy drum fills with skillfully placed chord progressions. The pre-chorus is a good intermission to give you a break before the punk undertones take full effect and even gives off a punky Beartooth feel.

“I’m Alright, Jack” follows suits with influence pulled from Foo Fighters but also throws in some more melodic hardcore, making the listener feel like they are in an open area, rife with little vocal echoes. The highlight of the track is the breakdown, a perfect build up to the final chorus. “Gold” brings in tones from DragonForce and is fit for an 80s muscle car street race.

“Jailbird” brings back more of the 80s grind with a focus on drums and gang vocals. The bridge brings it all together with that classic 80s hardcore sound. “Damned If We Don’t” brings back more classic influences with Metallica and is the hardest song on the record. It features a powerful chorus with a double guitar blast. 

COPE has been able to do the unthinkable, blend hardcore and punk and still capture the pure edgy energy of both at the same time.

The two “odd songs out” are “Empire” and “Territory Missing.” “Empire” is more of a pop punk oriented track with the intro but quickly sneaks the hardcore style back in. The bridge is yet again the highlight and brings back the classic Beartooth sound, but a little slower. “Territory Missing” is the perfect interlude track for the album; focusing on a ballad style that cascades into a 50s phonograph type reading, almost as if you’re listening to an old time ad.

The Shock Doctrine is anything but shocking for the six-piece from London. With flowing hardcore instrumentals through with a massive highlight on the bridges and breakdowns, COPE has been able to do the unthinkable, blend hardcore and punk and still capture the pure edgy energy of both at the same time.

The Shock Doctrine is out now

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