If one were looking for a sound that could encapsulate the myriad forms that hardcore takes in 2018 one could do a lot worse than slam a record on by Zodd, who have emerged from the vibrant Singapore punk/hardcore scene in the wake of bands like Vaarallinen, Sial, and Lubricant. Operationally Ready Dead demonstrates an approach based in a vicious pogo-thump but drawing in elements of hardcore's various strands, with echoing screams ripping painfully through chomping riffs: weird enough for the freakpunx, hard enough for the mosh kids. Chaotic and blown out, squealing and stumbling, but never losing its dynamism, Operationally Ready Dead is ten tracks of contemporary anxiety shaped into hardcore anger, touching upon themes of apocalyptic angst, psychopaths with uniforms and without, and society's born corrupt, all the while getting darker still. Zodd provide a searing soundtrack to this and more. Cover designed by Nicky Rat with a lyric insert designed by the band.