INCH SCRAPER: HARDCORE 7″ REVIEWS OF THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, GIT SOME, AND WREAK HAVOC
An asterisk amidst the exclamation points, Git Some play atypical hardcore for like-minded weirdos — which isn’t to say that this self-titled Alternative Tentacles production comes up short in the energy department. Hell, these fuckers own majority shares in the electric company and “Wipe The Brain” threatens to prove just how voltaic they can get. Dissonant and angular, “Accountability Starts With Me” indulges a Touch & Go Records sweet tooth with a treat smeared with Melvins-esque bombast.
Wreak Havoc is no more. By my count, this marks the second instance this year where a new 7″ I’m reviewing comes from a defunct band. Representing Cleveland’s formidable hardcore tradition, Drawing Inspiration (Harvcore) emotes Gorilla Biscuits by way of Integrity. Pit-ready and a tad gritty, you can practically visualize vocalist Ryan Hardwick pointing intently towards his temple. “Ever Single Story Sadder Than Our Own” closes with a comparably more claustrophobic aesthetic. A fitting end-note.
Following last year’s demo — brimming with the promise of Cruel Hand and an demonstrated affinity for classic Life Of Agony — I had high expectations for Arizona’s The Beautiful Ones. Unfortunately, Birth of Desire (6131) comes across much like the work of a metalcore also-ran still dreaming of Ozzfest ’99. Affixing nu-metal choruses of Slipknot maggotry to chunky mosh riffs makes the 7″ debut a jerky disorienting carnival ride with little positive payoff and queasy consequences.