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  • Vinyl (23 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Transgressive
  • ASIN: B00652G0EM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Way before Pulled Apart By Horses’ 2010 self-titled, deliberately ramshackle and ultra-enthusiastic debut romp, the four-piece’s reputation had been built around their guts- and gore-spattered spectacular live shows. This band emerged from the bowels of a hardcore micro-scene in Leeds and weren’t going to forget that. Their trademark heavy metal riff madness punctuated by slogging rhythms was grimy, ear-splitting and boisterous. But despite the grisly gauntlet laid in their infancy, the band has again managed to convey their live force in this second release.

Tough Love maintains the band’s rawness, yet somehow sounds ever so slightly – and we’re talking granular proportions – smoothed down. Knob-twiddler and sometime Pixies/Foo Fighters collaborator Gil Norton assists here, tailoring Pulled into a leaner but no less beastly machine. Norton has buffed tracks that will glow in a live setting, but also translate well on stereo. The bare bones of the sound again use obvious influences: Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead. But each band member brings their own tuppence to the table.

This layered approach is evident in lead single V.E.N.O.M. – a guitar-pounding wall of noise that lays in a kind of pastiche hinterland, reminiscent of vintage metal bands, but also touching the realms of slacker rock, punk and even pop. Tom Hudson’s trademark coarse screams feature throughout, but in Epic Myth and Give Me a Reason his vocals make token baby-steps towards the tuneful, giving his shredded gullet some minor respite. But the noise is unrelenting and retains momentum.

Drummer Lee Vincent is the architect of this, deftly controlling his output before exploding into a maelstrom wherever possible, never losing his stride along the way. Towards the end of the album, riffs are reined in and the sound becomes more digestible, allowing separate components to shine. Closer Dipped in Gold begins with sliding chromatic guitars, but then tapers off with some sparse vocal harmonics – as close as these guys get to tame.

Tough Love is swagger and bile in the main, but it’s certainly not executed with knuckleheaded abandon. It may be a bitter pill to swallow on first listen, but it’s completely worth the initial throb.

--Natalie Hardwick

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Pulled apart by horses debut was a masterclass in agressive hardcore punk and the follow up is no different fast agressive and every second u listern to it u wanna jump off the walls due to the production its less raw then its predecessor but this doesnt become 2 much off a problem as the album is so quick its like a bolt of adrenline a superb album and a pleasure to listern to over and over again highly highly recommened the best hardcore band since bring me the horizon and gallows
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I bought this after hearing a track on 6music and I must say it's excellent. The band remind me of at 'at the drive in' which is no bad thing. Fast, energetic, intelligent rock music. Went to see them live at King Tut's in Glasgow and they were amazing live too. Not the type of music that's going to enter the mainstream but you'll still be listening to this in ten years time which is more than I could say about Lady Gaga.
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A chance viewing of "Hey Buddy" made my mind up that more needed to be heard from this band. Buying Tough Love along with their first self titled album was a very good idea. These guys rock. All tracks make me want to jump around like a lunatic,(in a good way). Just Brilliant :0)
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Good tracks on this Cd according to my son. He was really pleased with it and would recommend it to his age group.
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