There’s been a drought of good straightedge hardcore bands in the last few years. Confined has stepped in to fill this void with one of the most promising demos I’ve heard this year. If you like melodic but moshy youth crew hardcore with catchy riffs that make you want to get low, pile on, and sing along, look no further. “Back on My Own,” is Confined’s straightedge anthem, lyrically tackling all the themes one would expect from such a song, with a great breakdown and a chorus you can’t help but want to sing with. My favorite track, though, was the second track, “Lost in the Light,” which tackles the subject of trying to find one’s place in the world. The track features fast and thrashy verse parts leading into my favorite breakdown on the demo, with great gang vocal part. I can’t stop listening to this, and you won’t want to either.
–Paul J. Comeau ([email protected])