Watford-based Jumpman’s fusion of wild, abrasive hardcore with elements of classic video game soundtracks is an intriguing mixture, and not for the faint hearted. ‘The Abyss’ EP is a relentless onslaught that the band carries out with incredible stamina and skill. Seriously, they can’t be human.
‘The Abyss’ contains all the trappings of the hardcore genre, with dark guitar tones, rapid and complex drums, and terrifying guttural vocals.
Jumpman’s niche though is the use of music from your typical side-scrolling video game from (some of) our youths, which brings a welcome element of melody to soften the blow of the hardcore beating you round the head.
The sub-10 minute long record feels like one continuous fever dream more than a set of songs, but the standout of the four tracks would be the closer ‘March of the Tektites’, which features the most impressive and technical use of the guitar on the EP, including a pretty ripping solo at the end.
For fans of hardcore and similar genres, Jumpman are well worth a go and ‘The Abyss’ will likely sound thrilling. As one of the uninitiated, I personally found it all a little hard to contend with, but don’t let that put you off if you reckon you’re hard enough to handle it.