Nice compilation of 7 new bands for the indie from Massachussetts.
We start being given the foot by Disengaged, presenting a blend of raw
antitrendy punk, and we keep on with Red Invasion, to be precise playing
a sorta pogo punk rock.
Then we have Archaic, proud of their low-fi modern hardcore/metal, which
has an awesome end, influenced by the early Earth Crisis.
An excellent surprise is Bane of Existance's "Iconoclast",
a composition of 6' 30", grinding violently at the beginning and
before the very final seconds; the rest is monolithic death metal gifted
with demolishing riffs and massive growlings.
"Institution" is basically a metal song with HC vocals,
including a good guitar solo; nothing particularly original here either,
but I'm convinced the band, Command Presence, which knows how to write
effective songs, will win a certain deserved degree of popularity in
a short while.
Then we unluckily have Kevorkian's Angels: what with the mean old school
HC riffs and especially the ridiculous cheesy vocals that would like
to sound like the best early Raw Power's, but will never be able to,
we have the worst song of the sampler. It's really a mystery how they
can've achieved a deal, well!
Finally, Muddy Animals, closing with 2 short tracks - in fact the term
songs isn't proper in this case - of which the first telling a romantic
story, featuring intermezzi by noises ala Naked City. Definitely funny
The marks are 65/70 for all of the bands, except Bane of Existance and
Command Presence, meriting 80, and the obscene Kevorkian's Angels getting
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 31/12/02