Get a Grip/Hammer Head split CDPosted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2007 @ 9:05am » permalink
The latest from Strike 3 Records sees Richmond, VA's Get a Grip and Delco, PA's Hammer Head joining up for this 22-minute split CD (with some pretty damn cool looking artwork, I might add). Get a Grip kicks things off with five tracks of chunky and moderately paced metallic hardcore with some pretty burly vocals that match the bitterness of the lyrics quite well. It's a pretty intriguing blend in that it's somewhat slower than most such hardcore, but it's not as moshy or grooved out as the 90's era of metalcore often was. There's a certain rawness to the recording that's pretty interesting as well – certainly benefiting the vocals – though I could almost see 'em taking it a step further. For instance, were these tracks given a rougher, more fiery aesthetic (such as, say, Integrity's "Systems Overload") the results could be fuckin' vicious. Hammer Head then follows with six tracks of their own, which are actually a damn close match to that generally midpaced style and aesthetic exemplified by Get a Grip, though the vocals possess a higher sneer and the basslines seem slightly more active on occasion. There are also a few little lead breaks and such that almost lend a weird rock vibe to the slow-paced power chords, but barely. I wouldn't mind hearing both of these bands pick up the pace a little more often to offer some differentiation between some of the compositions, but this is a solid pairing, and it's cool that you can tell they're doing something a little different from the norm.
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