KOMATOZ: Two Hands: 12”

May 13, 2011

This band is from St. Petersburg, Russia and call themselves “aggressive thrash punk.” Despite the gnarly d-beat-inspired cover art, this band seems like they would be more home on tour with more commercial metal acts than on at a hardcore show. The music is full of double bass and vaguely crusty chug-a-chugs broken up by some generic lead work. The vocals don’t really do anything for me. I hate to be negative in reviews and I’m sure this would probably appeal to the whole Eulogy/Deathwish Records crowd, but outside of a couple cool riffs in songs like “Emptiness,” pretty much everything about this record reminds me of seeing all those boring jock bands in the early 2000s. I am also writing this entire review assuming this record is supposed to be played at 45 RPM, but at 33 RPM it sounds only slightly more interesting.

 –Ian Wise (co-release, myspace.com/komatozpunk)

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