Album Review: Kicking Nerve – Bipolar

Kicking Nerve

Bipolar is as unique as it is pulverizing. Kicking Nerve’s debut full-length album is a satisfyingly chaotic and strikingly creative tour de force. The band frames their ambition and creativity within a unique brand of rambunctious hardcore. On Bipolar, Kicking Nerve seamlessly weave their textured experiments and haunting melodies within a mural of monstrous riffs and anguished vocals.

Kicking Nerve - Bipolar

Kicking Nerve build Bipolar upon a bedrock of uncompromising hardcore. The album is loaded with dissonant riffs, burly grooves, and deafening vocal performances. From the very beginning, “Injured” catches the listener off guard with gut-wrenching shrieks and frenzied riffing before bleeding into the bone-crushing groove of “Not Dead Yet.” Throughout the album, songs like “Words Around” and “Massada” rumble with pummeling rhythms.This spastic blend of punk and hardcore provides the band with the perfect foundation for their inventive ideas.

Kicking Nerve’s first album is a triumph that should draw comparisons to some of the genre’s heavyweights. Bipolar is a creative and well-executed slab of forward-thinking punk that deserves to be appreciated and listened to numerous times. Using chaotic hardcore as a vehicle for their ambitious ideas, Kicking Nerve successfully cement their name alongside the very best of the genre.