MONSTER SQUAD: Fire the Faith: CD

Sep 24, 2007

Here is the problem I face with so many of the bands that I end up reviewing: I really love the music and can’t stand the vocals. This new Monster Squad disc is a prime example. The music is stellar: hard-driving rhythmic hardcore punk with lots of substance. My enjoyment is quickly shattered by the lead singer shredding his throat over it. The gang vocal choruses come in and sound amazing, then the screaming starts again. Here’s the thing; I don’t need someone to be a great singer, or even a singer at all (anyone who’s heard me knows it to be true), but the “grrrrrrrrrr” just doesn’t belong with the music here. I really, really want to get into this, but I’m at an impasse.

 –ty (Punkcore)