CATALYST, THE / BRAINWORMS: Split 7”

The first Catalyst song, “Born with a Buzz,” sounds like a robot trying to make itself throw up. The second song, “Dunna Nanunna,” is a righteously fucked up bullet train blast of growling, screeching hardcore. The third song is an aimless instrumental that should have been left off the record, no matter how close the band is with the friend to whom they dedicate it. I’m not sure I’d listen to this side again, but fans of jaw-cracking hardcore might wanna pick it up. The Brainworms side starts off with an ode to Rites Of Spring called “Winnie Cooper.” Not my cup of tea, nor is their second offering, “Art Thou Bored.” Emotional hardcore that, unfortunately, is lost on these ears. 

 –benke (Rorschach)