Iceage - You’re Nothing (4 stars)

Mature and ferocious punk that avoids seeming hackneyed or unimaginative

Iceage - You’re Nothing

(Matador Records)

The follow up to their debut New Brigade from these furious Danes is as snotty as you’d expect. Dabbling in equal parts the post punk melodies of their first record with a noisier and a more honed production, the guitar licks on ‘In Haze’ and ‘Awake’ wouldn’t be far removed from a Wire album, with vocalist Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s added snarls akin to Darby Crash of The Germs.

It might lack some of the immediacy of New Brigade but it makes up for it with content, varying in tempo with the ballad-like pace of ‘Morals’ to the buzz-saw thrash on opener ‘Ecstasy’. It’s this variation which makes Iceage all the more intriguing and marks You’re Nothing as a mature but equally ferocious release, having successfully coalesced countless punk blueprints without coming across as hackneyed or unimaginative -- an impressive feat for a group that’s barely out of secondary school.

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