DOUBLE NEGATIVE: Hardcore Confusion Vol. 1 & 2: 7”

Apparently the opening two salvos of what is promised to be a four-release set, these guys know how keep the hardcore hordes drooling—one track on each side here. If you’ve somehow managed to miss out on them prior, Double Negative are one of those rare bands that can take the hackneyed hardcore template and make it sound fresh and interesting. Their sound has some serious heft to it—with the tempos ranging from four-alarm inferno to slow burners—all of it coming on like a juggernaut. One can hear echoes of the heavyweights of the genre—Poison Idea, Negative Approach, SS Decontrol—buried in the clamor, yet they maintain a sound and style all their own. Folks in the know will be talking about these guys with reverence long after they’ve gone.

 –jimmy (Sorry State)