NOTHING OF MERIT: Monolith: 7″

Man, I am on the fence on this one. On one hand, this is totally raging skate punk with slightly unhinged vocals that veers into paddle-thrash territory at times, which is usually a wormhole to my heart. The problem is the record feels kind of half-baked and skeletal. This would be due to the lack of anything other than guitars, drums, and vocals in the mix (read: bass guitar). This just feels like a demo, or two dudes woodshedding. For me, that’s a little hard to get past. Given all the gear companies thanked in the credits, I would have assumed that sourcing a bass and a spare recording track would have been elementary. 

 –Garrett Barnwell (Reason For Resistance)