In just a few years, this New Jersey 5 piece have not only been tearing shit up, but they have been winning praise and been on a number of successful tours. Many folks are waiting for the new CD, but until then, the guys have put together a nice EP to tie you over until their next monstrous release "God Forever" which is bound to whack you upside your head very soon. This seems to be the trend right now that many bands do until the next big release is out. Is it just a matter of the band trying to milk their fans for more cash or is this really a sincere thing to do? Depends how you look at the situation.
In this case, this is a win, win situation for everyone. The CD retails for only $3.00 and that is really cool because this is just something small anyway. You get one new track "Better Days" which is going to also be on the new CD. There is one exclusive song "Allegiance" that will only be on this release. There is a demo version of "Wicked" and there is one song each from the "Out Of Misery" and "Reject The Sickness" CDs. So, how does this turn out? Well, let's just say that if you are a fan of the HATEBREEDs of the world, then this would be a wise choice to make. Sickening vokills that will stress the veins in your neck and make your head explode are very in your face. The music is vicious complete with melodies and striking drums.
"Better Days" kicks things off and is a great mixture of everything. There are the Metalcore vocals that Byronde provides, but during the chorus he cleans them up and the harmonies are actually nice. This is a nice little contrast to have in the song. The guitars are just wicked sick, but beautiful at the same time. The solos to boot are also crazy, but everything fits perfectly. The exclusive track "Allegiance" shows no signs of slowing down. Melodic, but still deadly and the musicianship is dead on. Everything that you could want is here and while there are melodies here, it doesn't soften the blow by any means. I think it only makes the band sound more mature and shows that these guys can incorporate many sounds without sounding over the top or clumsy.
The demo version of "Wicked" is just that. The technical drumming is ridiculous, but in a good way. The best part about it is the bass licks provided. They simply rule! As you can tell, I am a huge fan of the bass. Since this is only a demo, the sound is not that polished. The last two tracks are still in your face and probably more brutal. The vokills are still Metalcore, but there is some Death Metal influence in there and it's not clean at all. You will also notice that since the production is far from slick like it is now, sounds low in the beginning and then the volume all of a sudden kicks up toward the middle on "Reject The Sickness".
All of the elements that the band carries today were all there in the beginning with the exception of the more harsh vokills. "Mind Eraser" is just as sick as the former with less melody and more bashing. This CD is a good representation of the band. You can hear them in the beginning to now. And let me just say that the improvement is awesome. Some of you may disagree, but oh well. These guys will kick major ass in 2004 and if you are a Metalcore fan or anything that is heavy and technical must simply check this out. (Online January 28, 2004)