EMPIRE OF RATS: Self-titled: LP

May 20, 2014

Ohio certainly has a history of producing dark, vicious hardcore (Integrity, Ringworm, Pale Creation, …ahem… One Life Crew) and goddamn, Empire Of Rats is no exception. Furious, metal-tinged, and right at home alongside the aforementioned elder statesmen, Empire Of Rats sounds like a band that’s been doing this for years, which is high praise for a debut LP. There’s not much reinvention of the proverbial wheel going on here, but when something’s executed this well, it’s difficult to complain. 

 –Dave William (A389)