Southern Lord are shining the spotlight on Denmark again for their newest signing, in the form of Frederica’s Lifesick, an overwhelmingly hard hitting act that take aggressive, mosh-primed hardcore and introduce it to morbid extreme metal. Their debut LP, 6 0 1 (recorded at Dead Rat Studio by Jacob Bredahl and mastered by Brad Boatright), will be released by the label on vinyl and digital formats in November, following on from the CD release by FWH Records.
Lifesick twist the clobbering sounds of bands like Merauder, Xibalba and Soul Search to match the northern European climate: harsh, cold, and steeped in metal history. Between spin kick beatdowns and direct forceful vocals, the young Danes make their mark with evil melodies that ooze black and death metal vibes, all delivered in the crushing tone of the HM-2. Brute dynamism and forbidding deluges of breezeblock groove disrupt the known format for crossover records as they explore every facet of extremity, making 6 0 1 an altogether more manifold and standout experience throughout, and there’s an ever present fear that Lifesick are walking along the precipice, threatening to make an abrupt descent in to further riff oblivion. A burly, monstrous album that delivers on many levels.
6 0 1 TRACKLIST:
2. SWING AWAY
3. REAL MEN
4. OPEN CASKET
6. REAL FRIENDS COME FROM GRIEF
7. IN LOVE WITH HATE
Lifesick formed in the immediate wake of Simon (vocals) and Jeppe’s (drums) previous band, the revered hardcore act Spinkick, who called it a day in 2015 after nearly a decade. Work started immediately and intensely on pursuing a much darker direction, rapidly emerging as the metallic brawl that is their debut effort 6 0 1, the product of a strong, tightknit local scene and calloused hardcore education.
More record and live details shall be announced shortly, in the meantime, catch Lifesick at some of their planned upcoming shows:
8th Oct – Juz St. Peter, Duisberg (DE
12th Nov – Walkabout, Essen (DE)