ARTIST: BOUNDARIES 

TITLE: TURNING POINT

LABEL: INDEPENDENT 

RATING: 9/10 

WORDS: GEORGIA RAWSON

The state of hardcore has fluctuated more than the Brexit deal over the last few years, and with it comes change, a cautious level of stability, and a questioning about what truly identifies as hardcore itself.

However, once in a while a record and an artist will come through that will change and reform the sound of the genre with a formula that will later be adapted and influence the new wave. In 2010 this was presented in the form Canadian giant’s Comeback Kid’s now iconic, Symptoms & Cures. A record that anthem after anthem would solidify it’s identity within the genre, and birth a new generation of catchy, hook lead anthemic hardcore. For many it was also an introductory record into the underground. Nine years later we return to the rich punk heavy soil of Canada. In 2019 – the Symptoms & Cures is Turning Point.

“No strangers to the grind, Boundaries’ sophomore record is one that wastes no time in delivering a swift, but awesome uppercut…”

No strangers to the grind, Boundaries’ sophomore record is one that wastes no time in delivering a swift, but awesome uppercut in the form of, I’m Glad Your Gone, who’s cosmic guitar lead opening delves straight down your ear canals. “I can’t believe you almost made me quit, Fortunately I stayed, and made the best of it.” Vocalist Maxime Maltais states, with both an equal level of anger and positivity that culminates into an almost Stick To Your Guns level of PMA.

Not at any point during the short but sweet 31 minutes does the pace show any signs of slowing down. The ferociously head banging, Hate Routine has you smashing your fists into the drywall (or in our case our desks), and is an anthem so perfectly soundtracked for those sweaty club show stage dives that you find yourself having to calm down and not dive off the nearest surface.  Whilst titles such as Hate Routine and Necessary Evil are ones that are a blatant clarity on both Boundaries and so many other struggling artist’s frustrations at the current state of the industry, but at the same time the catharsis is more positively orientated at making change than self indulgent pity. Ending track, Turning Point gives us a clear insight, with Maltais vowing, “I had to reach the lowest of lows to start making a change.”

“Turning Point takes you through a 31 minute introduction into the world of melodic hardcore, and it’s ever advancing sounds…”

Sonically this is what every sophomore record should be. Paying homage to their french Canadian routes, La Joie Dans La Mort  (Joy In Death) is a 2 minute 17 second metallic trip that wouldn’t stray far from an early 90s Rage Against The Machine record – let’s also take a moment to appreciate that it’s been a while since an instrumental, and we mean fully instrumental track such as this has fit so well within a melodic hardcore record.

Overall it seems that the title of this record couldn’t be more fitting. Turning Point does everything it says on the can. It takes you through a 31 minute introduction into the world of melodic hardcore, and it’s ever advancing sounds that culminate into a futuristic soundtrack for the new wave of the genre, and in turn will leave it becoming a record to be played for decades to come.

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