Seventh full-length album from the Scottish instrumental-rock behemoths. Effects pedals at the ready ladies and gentlemen…
Mogwai are one of those bands that have got to a stage in their career where they can do little wrong in the eyes of their fans (and deservedly so). Let’s be honest, Mogwai could release an album of unlistenable atonal cat-beating and people would still be glad just to be holding a new Mogwai record in their mitts.
Fortunately, 15 years into their career the guitar-heavy post-rockers still have a lot to offer. It’s fair to say that few bands out there can work distortion and delay effects in the way that Mogwai’s three guitarists Stuart Braithwaite, John Cummings and Barry Burns can.
Sure, Hardcore Will Never Die… doesn't feel quite as essential as their ‘classic’ LPs, but there is certainly no shortage of interesting moments.
The repetitive bass riff on Mexican Grand Prix stands out, sounding like Mogwai’s take on The Fall, and it’s one of the rare songs in Mogwai’s catalogue where the band use vocals to add an extra layer to their wall of sound. While the strings on Too Raging To Cheers add an air of Godspeed You! Black Emperor into the mix.