“Through Their Teeth” opens with a bit of feedback before letting the music come through. A nice, melencholic riff begins accompanied by a very suitable drum pattern. The vocals are strong and not at all overbearing. You can really understand why the band is sited as “Blackened Hardcore” based on this first track alone. They lay it out in a very misanthropic manner and I have to say, it’s fucking great. “The Old Gloomies” contains the same vibe as the opening track, this time, however, a more upbeat riff fills the air. The drumming sets an extraordinary pace and these vocals tie everything togther in a very tight knit manner. I love this main riff. It definitely has that hardcore punk sound to it. Amazing. “Unholy” speeds things up a bit more. A nice melodic riff sets a rather eerie tone while the punishing drumming pattern keeps this track moving at a steady pace. Close to the end of the first minute, a nice breakdown sets in that I could not help but headbang to. “Sink With Me” is punk right from the get-go. This riff takes me back to when I first started listening to hardcore and punk music. The vocals are screamed with every known emotion and the accompanying gang vocals set a nice tone. I like the bass line at the beginning of the track. It is quite obvious where these dudes influences lie. The heart of Punk Rock never dies. The track goes out in feedback and leads right into “Teeth & Bone” which has a great bass line at the beginning of it as well. The main riff on this track reminds me of a black metal riff slowed to around 50%. I like it. This band harnesses one of my favorite elements of hardcore music, the fact that you don’t have to be overly complex to make a song work. These dudes are total shredders, though. I believe that this band would be unbelievable live. “Graves” is the first At Our Heels song that I ever heard. This one song made me fall for this band. This song possess such gloom and atmospheric creepiness that I just knew this band would have an impact on me. Right around 56 seconds, a nice chugging sets in. This band, as I stated already, have obvious punk roots, but I will not believe that it all lies there. I hear clear influence from doom and sludge metal aswell. This track, I feel, has a very strong message that is to be put across. I absolutely love everything about this track. From the amazingly tortured and perfectly executed vocals to the melancholic droning guitars, one of my favorite, if not my favorite At Our Heels track. “The Recluse” picks the pace back up with a nice chugging riff. I instantly find myself headbanging. This is true hardcore. Fast and metallic with a killer beat behind it. At 1:00, we have a solo! A fucking amazing solo at that. I love the way this vocalist can enunciate. That is a strong quality in any vocalist of this style of music. The fact that one can scream with all of their ability and still be clearly understood, that’s amazing. “Detach/Withdraw” contains another very old school punk influenced riff. Melodic and yet strangly misanthropic at the same time. The drumming is the thing that is standing out the most to me on this track. There is a lot of superior drumming going on here. I dig that a lot. Don’t get me wrong, the riffing is amazing, as are the vocals, there is just something about the drums on this. “The Fainting Game” begins almost like “Graves” but changes very quickly. This evolves from depressing to heavy and crushing in the blink of an eye. There is a lot of vocal variation in this track. Around 38 seconds, the track slows down, but don’t fret, this doesn’t in any way bring the track down. “Non Sum Qualis Eram” opens almot exactly like “Graves” and stays that way. This riff is fucking killer. At around 52 seconds, the track steps up. The vocals really set the mood on this. Regardless of how the guitar sound is, these amazing screams keep everything together like a screaming adhesive. I do not mean to say that the vocalist plays a bigger part in the band than anyone else, just saying. This track is fucking amazing. Yes, one of my favorites. “Rituals” opens with some more feedback before the band vocals kick in around 21 seconds. The stringed instruments don’t fully chime in on this track, but the drumming cannot be topped. There is a lot of extremely complex drumming going on here. Pretty fucking great. Great indeed. “Capture & Consume” contains a very thick chunky bass line that I fucking love. The riff is outstanding and the drumming sets a great tempo to this evil piece. I get a strong feeling of a sludge influence on this track. The gang vocals add a nice accent to the screams present throughout the album. The final 30 seconds or so of this track are very atmospheric and create an even creepy vibe than the song has when it began. “Kicking Rocks” jumps in with a straight up hardcore fury. Pummeling drums and a melodic riff that soar just right with these fantastic vocals. I actually will not be able to write a very clear review of this track because, as I was listening to it, I actually got lost in the track itself. I became unaware of anything around me and all I heard was this fucking unbelievable track. This. This is my favorite track on this entire record. That said, every song on this album is fucking killer, therefore, At Our Heels gets a perfect 10. Congrats, dudes. You made an amazing record!