While hardcore and black metal may seem like a natural pairing, it’s a fusion that is surprisingly rarely attempted and even more infrequently mastered. Soothing’s snarling marriage of the two proves that it can be done to great effect. Evoking likeminded groups such as Bone Awl, Raspberry Bulbs, and Torture Chain, Soothing is on a shortlist of bands that have perfected the form. Building on the foundation of past moments in projects such as A Storm of Light, Trash Talk and Sinking Ships, their philosophy yields music that is both dripping with icy venom and rife with the knuckledragging sensibilities of classic US hardcore. Opting for the raw over the performative or the cerebral, Soothing offers a visceral and calculated alternative.