ALTARBOYS, THE: Wolves for Brothers: CD

It’s always the people who try the hardest to come off as tough and rebellious that end up looking fake. There’s artwork that looks like it came straight off a Metal Mulisha T-shirt, a picture of them under layers of makeup, which fails to make them look straight out of a fight, and music that sounds more like speed metal without solos than hardcore. These songs are all about hurting people: stabbing and shooting them, beating them with bats and breaking their fingers. It’s a downer that this even exists. Maybe if they lived in a city in which these things actually happened outside their weak imaginations they would see the reality of violence and stop glorifying it.

 –Rene Navarro (Horns Up, no address)