This is the rerelease of The Love Below’s 2009 demo, featuring four songs of fist-pumping, sludgy hardcore punk. The intro and corresponding sample drags a bit, but once things get going, you can’t help but rage along. The riffs are solid, especially the breakdowns, which had a couple of sweet scream-along moments. If you listen closely, there’s a bit of guitar wankery that can be heard on a few tracks, though I’m disappointed that it’s mostly hidden by the quality of the mix. Mix quality aside, after listening to this demo I’m definitely stoked to check out more of The Love Below. This flexi 7” is a great intro to the band.
–Paul J. Comeau (A389, [email protected])