Male Patterns deliver a hearty six-song hardcore EP. They’re from Albany and the members were in revered bands like After The Fall, Libyans, and Nuclear Family. They have a sort of mid-1990s feel, when old school hardcore’s influence was mixing well with newer, catchier vibes. The best song is “Everyone’s a Punk,” lampooning the notion of punk fashion as individualizing. The vocals advance Male Patterns from good to great, with an edgy snarl just below the surface at all times. It doesn’t take much thinking to adore Thinking Too Much. Instantly energizing, it’s like the hardcore equivalent of Vivarin. It’ll wake you the hell up.
–Art Ettinger (Shock To The System, malepatterns.bandcamp.com)