Third Man Down "Rude Awakening" CDPosted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 @ 6:33am » permalink
One of the best releases I've heard from Full House Records in awhile is "Rude Awakening", the debut release from Helsinki, Finland's Third Man Down, which blasts through 10 succinct tracks of excellent metallic hardcore in about 20 minutes. Every song is two-and-a-half minutes or less packed with fast-paced power chord rhythms, chunky grooves, powerful breakdowns, and gruff vocals that carry an appropriate level of attitude. The songwriting's fuckin' great, and so is the crisp yet in your face recording, which is refreshing considering many bands of this nature that I've encountered in recent months have been hindered by production values that don't do their material justice. That's definitely not the case here. The band's not really offering up anything new or different, but I don't give a shit! They know exactly what they're doing and they follow the formula perfectly – kicking ass and moving on so that you're left hungry for more – and that's precisely how it should be. I'd say more, but it's unnecessary. This one's straight to the point, and I'm all over it.