LAB RATS, THE / SCISSORHANDS: Split: LP

The Lab Rats: Pull the trick of having me listen to their side of the split a good five times and fail to have a distinguishing characteristic to call their own. They cover (quarter-assedly) a Charles Bronson tune. They point a few fingers. They play riffs that would have been better not the thousandth and first time. Scissorhands: Their four tracks remind me of the Nerve Agents but not as good. It’s hardcore that’s looking back to the beginning of the ‘80s for inspiration (think Unity) with melodic instruments (think pre-Danzig fixated AFI) with screamed vocals. Well beaten ground. Unfortunately, this is forgettable stuff.

 –todd (Left of the Dial)