Apparently Milestonesí latest release is only available on cassette (with a code to download, are we retro? Are we modern? Why decide!), which is baffling because a) Iím one of the few people I know who still owns a cassette player and b) I was sent a CD, I must be special. Outdated mediums aside, ĎEntropyí is the third release from Dublin based post hardcore band Milestones, following a demo and single in 2011. Theyíre hard working if nothing else. The album is essentially hardcore punk, so thereís a lot of shouting going on which can get a bit messy and disjointed at points but when itís on, itís on. During the peaks itís fairly enjoyable, but during the troughs you canít help but think ďthereís no need to shout...Ē, but maybe Iím getting too old for this shit. ĎLaddersí, the longest tracks on the album, is probably the worst for this. Stop that now.
At only 18 minutes, itís not the longest album in the world, which might be a good thing if you have to keep rewinding the cassette. The tracks do get progressively longer as the album develops but, in line with punk tradition, itís generally in short, sharp bursts and pretty much just comes in the one colour. If youíre a fan of progression and massive diversity on albums then maybe skip this one. Within the constraints of their genre, theyíre not doing badly really but as music is very much a global medium these days, the competition is fierce and bands generally have to do something a bit different to get noticed outside their local scene. Itís not bad (feel free to use that lukewarm sentiment on any future marketing materials. Youíre welcome) but Iíve just listened to the whole album about four or five times continuously while writing this review and Iím a bit fed up of it. But Iím not a massive punk fan so perhaps Iím not the best litmus test for this.
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Review by Si‚n Williams
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"The album is essentially hardcore punk, so thereís a lot of shouting going on which can get a bit messy and disjointed at points but when itís on, itís on."