ON THE CINDER: Caustic: 7”

The two songs on the first side are pretty solid nineties-influenced hardcore. I hear a lot of Avail. The third song on the second side gets a little bit too metal with all the corny guitar licks—not enough for me not to dis it—except to say it’s the weakest of the three, musically. It’s unfortunate because, lyrically, it’s pretty spot-on—a song about a mother and her child trying to escape an abusive slimeball. I don’t know the inspiration for this song, but I respect the band taking a chance, using storytelling in lyricism. It sounds a little too clean for me, but melodic hardcore usually is. Still pretty damn good. I’ll probably hold on to this one for a while. 

 –Craven Rock (Between The Days)