CATCH YOUR BREATH: Life & Sounds: CD

Pretty decent outing—eight-song howler of a hardcore record that speeds through and gets the hell out with little flourish or fanfare. What comes to mind is a mixture of the density and shooting-for-epics of Modern Life Is War and the heavy nod to Motörhead-rock that Burial’s full-length gave us. They don’t quite meet the stature of either of those bands, but it’s not for the lack of trying. The best thing they’ve got going for them is the fact that they don’t try and drag stuff out with wanking solos or lengthy intros that attempt to be all atmospheric but usually just come across as boring. This is some no-frills stuff, which works in their favor. Though the fact that they entirely discard said approach in the last song, “Don’t Let the Shadow Touch Them,” in lieu of that aforementioned note-heavy, drawn out, balled-style definitely doesn’t work in their favor and ends the record on a pretty lackluster note. 

 –keith (Dismantle)