Music journalists love to celebrate hardcore that they perceive as clever, boundary-pushing, or innovative, but for all the lip service paid to novelty, hardcore’s efficacy can actually be gauged by one incredibly simple metric: Its ability to incite a room full of maladjusted goons to extreme violence. Measured with that barometer, Milwaukee’s World I Hate is ten times the hardcore band any flavor of the week act could ever hope to be.
Initially formed at the end of 2018, World I Hate released their debut EP Collapse in 2020 and played their first show in 2021. The band performs a brand of hyper-competent, no frills hardcore that combines the best parts of the genre’s last 25 or so years into a potent and hard-hitting formula that’s nearly impossible to dislike. The fact that their lineup is bolstered by a member of Texas stalwarts Judiciary doesn’t hurt matters.
If you prefer your heavy music to have radio-ready choruses and crossover appeal, look elsewhere. But if you’re in the market for unrelenting capital “H” Hardcore that is unconcerned with trends, look no further than World I Hate.