After years of filling record store vinyl bins with singles and EPs, local hardcore dark horses Fucked Up release a full-length opus that's like the War And Peace of punk rock. Subtextual, dramatically composed and philosophically complicated, Hidden World is also a demandingly long listen at 72 minutes. However, it's brevity that gets the middle finger here, not the listener. Hidden World rips it up at the right moments like true hardcore records should - Two Snakes, Crusades and Manqueller Man stand out in particular. An impressive amount of original thought's gone into raising this above your standard punk rock sucker punch. It's weighty, sure, but give yourself over to this album, see it through, and you'll be rewarded generously.
Fucked Up FU up Friday and Sunday (October 27 and 29) at the El Mo, and Saturday (October 28) at Kathedral.