No Truce/Crucified split CDPosted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 4:20am » permalink
The latest from Escapist Records is this killer split CD between two California hardcore bands with a penchant for the 90's style of metallic hardcore and subtly apocalyptic lyrical themes, totaling seven tracks in just under 20 minutes. No Truce kicks things off with three tracks of thick, bass-heavy, in your face metallic hardcore that blends vicious breakdowns and loads of fast, straightforward hardcore chord progressions with pissed off vocals and all that jazz. On occasion they'll toss in a little bit of dissonance to color things up a bit, and that's a great touch. Nothing too fancy, it just works, you know? Crucified then follows with four tracks of their rather similar take on this niche, granted their vocal approach has more of a bitter sneer to it that lends a certain air of explosiveness to their compositions. Though ironically there's probably a little more of a midpaced chug happening within these four tracks as well, so it's cool that the fury of the vocals kind of counters that and works to amp things up. Both bands are pretty much sticking to tried and true metallic hardcore "formulas", but I'd say that's the case with the vast majority of these types of acts, and there's not a damn thing wrong with that in my book. I wasn't familiar with either of these bands prior to checking out this split, but I obviously should've been, so I'll be looking forward to hearing more material from both of 'em in the future. Good stuff.
The disc's only like $6, which is cheap as hell, so pick it up if you like what you hear. It should also be available in mp3 format from Download Punk in the near future, too.