Melbourne, Australia based five piece AWOL are creating hardcore for hardcore’s sake - staking their claim in the genre with their debut album Tear ‘Em To Bits, due out April 26th on Flatspot Records and Last Ride Records in Australia. Following the release of the title track, today the band shares second single “Kingdom.” The song is fast and pissed off, addressing the power complex and brutality that stem from policing. Balancing a punk attitude and heavy metallic riffs, AWOL have crafted a furious anthem that you can listen to below.

AWOL hit the recording studio in Melbourne over the course of 2023, where the band captured their love of classic hardcore in its purest form on the upcoming Tear ‘Em To Bits. Following 2021’s AWOL EP, the nine songs on Tear ‘Em To Bits build on the band’s monstrous sound, filled with gruff vocals, groove-driven riffs, and meaty breakdowns. Drawing from bands like Madball and Biohazard, AWOL pack an intense aggression across the record. The lyrics are punishing, covering everything from deception and failed relationships to addressing drug addiction and police brutality.

With Tear ‘Em To Bits, proves that AWOL has earned a seat at the table as one of the most compelling new bands in the genre they love. As the band simply states: “The only goal was to make a good hardcore record that we were proud of and that our friends could get behind.”

Tear ‘Em To Bits is available for preorder now here:

AWOL is Christian Schultz (vocals), Mike Williams (guitar/vocals), Otis T Bennie (guitar/vocals) Pat Shanahan (drums) and Pablo Barnes (bass).


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