ENDPROGRAM: Balatus: CD-R

Some pretty ferocious hardcore punctuated with (thankfully) few metal tinges here and there. The vocalist’s a little atonal but the lyrics are whip-crack smart and unafraid to tackle inherently political issues, going so far as to instigate a pretty incendiary topic within the words of the final song. The recording could have used some beefing up, but, for a demo, it’s pretty solid, and it’s apparent from their presentation (nice silkscreened sleeve, sticker, lyrics sheet, etc.) and extensive, thoughtful liner notes that these dudes are at the very least questioning themselves and the culture and system around them. Worth checking out.

 –keith (End Program)