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Apocalyptic Blues

The Darkest of Grays…
PLANKS Review + More

I refuse to be led to the slaughter; I refuse to be led by these corrupt leaders that so-called govern the world; I refuse to not go after my dreams & turn them into my reality; I refuse to be force-fed rotting pop music that kills my soul. That’s why I dig bands like Planks from Germany, because their music is actually audio nourishment that empowers the listener. They have combined both of their vinyl recordings. The Darkest of Grays & Solicit to Fall, and have re-released them on CD via Southern Lord. The music you will find on this recording pushes the boundaries of hardcore – in a weird way this band reminds me of a blackened crust-laden version of Fugazi. Their are human conditions that we all go through, it does not matter your color, gender etc., we all can be affected by these things & this band addresses them lyrically, which I find refreshing. Trust me, Planks’ music is heavy, dissonant hardcore, but they build these mountains of emotion into their songs that are a joy for the listener to climb. The song writing skills that the Planks display on this record are totally rad & very dynamic. On certain songs like “Fallen Empires Are Ruling” & “We Are Translucent” there are moments of hardcore transcendental bliss. It’s the guitar playing on these songs that just takes your thoughts to a different plane of being. Planks’ vocalist gives 200 percent on this record, & he leaves his sincere mark on every song. What I also really like about this band is that they really grow on you with each listen; you will for sure find something new each time. You have a job to do – research this band, you will not go wrong bringing their music into your world! After the jump, check out some fresh live footage…it’s pretty epic!

[audio:|titles=Planks – Fallen Empires Are Ruling] [audio:|titles=Planks – Sacred and Secret]

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