‘Forever’ (Captured Tracks)
Four Scandinavian dudes making super-pissed post-punk. Who had Iceage on their indie bingo card? Hang on though: whereas the furrow-browed Danes lean further towards hardcore, Sweden’s Holograms pull harder on icier influences (the Joy Division-esque ‘Attestupa’ is enough to make you wonder if you’ve accidentally stuck on ‘Unknown Pleasures’). Happily, it’s rewarding stuff, and their attempts to make ‘Forever’ feel like “a mass… or eulogy” inspire a sense of ritualistic grandeur, not least when the monastic chorus of ‘Wolves’ kicks in. An unholy marriage of the brutal and the brilliant, fuelling suspicion that their best is yet to come.