Dead Harts – Born Into Rags To Die No Richer


Review by Matt Bradley

Hold tight: from Sheffield come Dead Harts with a sound harder than the steel their home town is famous for. If chaotic music is what you want, you’ve got right here.

Straight off the bat, BIRTDNR absolutely bludgeons the listener with intense metalcore, ‘All Washed Up’ runs into the already live favourite ‘Smoke Wagons’ with no time for the aural victim to catch their breath. Frontman Matthew Baxendale will probably be the first to admit he is hardly an opera singer but his natural roars with the occasional crack in his voice give this album a brilliantly DIY and punk rock feel, whilst being entirely coherent at the same time. Born Into Rags… carries on in the same vein for the most part until the inevitably titled interlude track – ‘Interlude’, which allows the ears a brief period of rest before the final tracks ‘Headhunter’ and ‘Caesar’ finish off the anarchy.

Aside from a few time changes, the music is not especially technical, nor does it possess the flair that will make your eyes open wide as your jaw drops, but it doesn’t need it whatsoever. At only 20 minutes in total, this album is all about passion and ferocity. Pure, unadulterated anger channelled into energetic heavy music – let’s be honest, there’s not a lot that can beat it.

With treble-heavy tones, throaty screams and manic drums, this eight track album is far from an easy listen, but it definitely is the perfect thing to stick on and go mad to after a bad day in the office.

7.5 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. All Washed Up
  2. Smoke Wagons
  3. Ctrl Alt Defeat
  4. Perm Back And Sides
  5. Crooks
  6. Interlude
  7. Headhunter
  8. Caesar