CALLOUS: Demo: Cassette

Jul 18, 2011

There’s a bunch of really good demos coming out lately. Makes me think we’re in store for some awesome records from these bands. Callous sound like a lot of the classic powerviolence bands—No Comment, MITB, Agents Of Satan, Crossed Out, etc. It’s brutal, ugly, somewhat minimal and heavy as fuck, and faster than hell. When they slow down, the songs are crunching, with a dominant groove that’s necessary to pull you in. When they throw songs into high gear, they hit a velocity that’s near chaotic: throttling blast beats, ungodly low end, and the guitar is abrasive and razor sharp. So f’n nice! I’m generally not a fan of dual vocals, but they work well here. I particularly like the bridge in “Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs.” It adds to the dark despair expressed in the lyrics, as well as gives the music that much more depth. Can’t believe this is a demo. Vinyl soon?

 –M.Avrg (Blastcat,

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