DEAD ENDING: DE II: 12” EP

May 08, 2013

Vic Bondi’s revisitation of his hardcore roots continues on this second EP. As with the first, he and his cohorts playing hooky from Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and Noise by Numbers come on strong, tempering double-time tempos and hollered vox with melodic nuggets buried in the song’s structures. On “Speed of Lies,” the sole slower tune here, they opt not to go down the almost poppy route on similar tempo tunes on the previous installment and instead offer up a churner. It’s political without being overtly preachy, intelligently angry, and direct without sacrificing poeticism or creativity. All the best ingredients for rock-solid punk/hardcore are in evidence.

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)

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