The second release from Dutch hardcore punks, Pressure Pact may only be twenty-minutes in length but it is as bruising an encounter as its front cover suggests. New Skintro is counted in with the clash of drum-sticks and the roar of guitar and its bouncing riff seems to settle nerves that Scared Off The Streets might not be the savage journey you were expecting.
Have no fear, for Waste of Boredom sweeps such thoughts away with an intense barrage that doesn’t cease for the rest of the record. Shot are established early on the album: big riffs, presented over a rumbling bass and a battery of frenzied drumming, with the icing on the cake being the rage-filled vocals, reminiscent of Discharge at their angriest.
The spirit of UK82 is present across the whole of the record, but most prevalent on central tracks Stark Raving Mad and Death For Glory and as the album closes out with Mob Stalking, Underclass and the title track itself.
Scared Off The Street is a short record with quite a few ideas. Rather than settling for a tried and tested punk sound, Pressure Pact bring in some elements of Crossover, with T.I having a definite early Suicidal Tendencies vibe about it, alongside the likes of No Hope, Stub It Out and Small Talk.
Their inclusion makes Scared Off The Streets an interesting listen and broadens the spectrum of the record as it also encompasses elements of Street Punk and the angrier side of Hardcore.
For their second release Pressure Pact have put together a collection of thirteen songs full of raw energy and controlled rage, held together by big riffs and huge hooks. If the record is anything to go by, I imagine their live shows are absolute carnage.