BURNING SONS: Reduced to Equality: 12″

Wow, this is on Mystic Records, the label responsible for many super generic hardcore records in the ‘80s! I had no idea that Mystic was an active label again. That said, Burning Sons from Milwaukee seem to be a perfect fit for the label. This 12” EP offers seven songs of solid but somewhat generic punk/hardcore. The vocalist reminds me of Mike Dean on Animosity-era Corrosion Of Conformity at times, but, musically, the band is far less aggressive than COC, culling from more standard ‘80s punk hardcore influences to make up their sound. It’s a decent record, but like many of the records that Mystic put out twenty-plus years ago, there’s nothing here to make this 12” stand out among its peers.

 –Mark Twistworthy (Mystic, mysticrecordshq.com)