NOMOS: Self-titled: EP

It took me a while to figure out this band’s name. It’s barely noticeable on the sticker placed on the plastic sleeve and it’s nowhere to be found anywhere on the cover or record labels. But it didn’t take much effort to get into this slab of wax. No Comment would definitely be a quick reference. Yet, Nomos come across as more energetic and even more pissed-off, if you can imagine that. It’s been a while since I’ve heard any blast beats in hardcore and hearing these guys mix it in perfectly makes me wonder why more bands don’t do this. Ah, yes, “power violence” is a dirty word in some circles. But, look, let’s all get past these stupid genre labels and appreciate what we have here: well done, brutal hardcore that sounds like it’s swinging around a sledge hammer and contact with your skull is imminent.

 –Juan Espinosa (Deranged)