HOPE YOU CHOKE: Self-titled: CD

No surprises here. Straight-up crossover hardcore that tends to lean a little on to the metal side of things, but not in a wanky kind of way. I guess the killer cover art depicting maggot-ridden zombie soldiers on the march could have given it away. I am most impressed with the vocals. This type of music can lead a singer to go with either the high pitched metal whine, or the guttural cookie monster growl. The singer for Hope You Choke chose neither, opting for the angry yet clear hardcore voice with plenty of gang vocals. Agnostic Front comes to mind. This is a must for fans of early-mid era Suicidal Tendencies and DRI.

 –ty (One Percent)