With the British hardcore scene seemingly shitting out brilliant bands on a regular basis, it’s becoming increasingly harder to stand out amongst the pack. Polar have been in the scene since While She Sleeps were still in their infancy, so it’s a shame that they’re not more well known when they release material like No Cure, No Saviour.
Heavy and unforgiving, No Cure, No Saviour is the follow on from their previous works Shadowed by Vultures, which showed a band that certainly had the angst and the riffs, but just didn’t seem to have the platform big enough for everyone to notice them. With No Cure, No Saviour the band take on a very tender and often over looked subject in homelessness. The band themselves actually do charity work for the homeless, so the message is something personal and deeply connected within the very fabric of the band.
Blood For Blood reigns down a barrage of crushing sound as it kicks the album off in tremendous fashion. The passion this band feel is clear from the off and it oozes out of every note and every seething lyric spat. The message is something that is subtly delivered, with no sign of preaching or condescending spoken word at all, which is refreshing in itself. It allows for the message of the album to be naturally digested, instead of rejected.
The constant high energy through the following tracks highlights the intensity in each track, culminating in the vicious Beatdown ending of Tidal Waves And Hurricanes. It is baffling that the trend of slow filler tracks has wormed its way into the alternative scene, and Polar are dreadful culprits with two tracks to break up the flow of the album. Admittedly, it does do well to highlight the turbulence and unpredictability of sleeping rough, but it is jarring for the listener and ultimate sees spots on the album wasted with these minute long interludes, when the strength of the other songs would indicate that more massive riffs could quite easily replace those tracks. It’s certainly annoying and drags the album down.
When the final notes of closer No Saviour ends the album, it becomes increasingly apparent that Polar are stating to truly find their feet. No Cure, No Saviour is a mature and aggressive work of art that highlights an important issue without shoving it down the listener’s throat. Coupled with excellent song writing and some huge and heavy riffs, you’ve got the recipe for a truly memorable hardcore record.