Few bands seem quite as immersed in their creative process as Massachusetts based quintet Defeater. ‘Empty Days…’ is another meticulously formed and thought-out hardcore concept record in which they somehow up the ante from stunning debut ‘Travels’ and EP ‘Lost Ground’. Continuing the narrative lyricism, writing about a fictional family set in post-WWII, working class New Jersey, this second full-length is a double-LP opus. The ‘Empty Days’ section comprises 10 dark, tightly textured, brilliantly invigorating hardcore songs, while ‘Sleepless Nights’ features four, more delicate, acoustic tracks that, while lacking the cathartic aggression, stand up as fine, affecting songs, with or without ‘Empty Days’’ preceding context. Absolutely amazing.