Boston hardcore band Opposition Rising formed from the remains of Toxic Narcotic and Mouth Sewn Shut, bands who infused their chosen genre with ska and reggae influences. This explains why—despite its cover looking like the most fuck-you-Bahston-hahdcore record imaginable—the five short tracks that make up the Riot Starter EP are… catchy. Beneath the standard-issue black and white photocopy of riot cops, this hardcore has a beat and you can dance to it. The liner notes contain pretty much what you’ve come to expect—cops and social media and hipsters and sheeple and overthrowing stuff—couched in “Everybody’s lying to you… except us! We know the truth!” rhetoric. If you share these opinions, you’ll find a lot to like about Opposition Rising. If you think the lyrics sound more like an old man yelling at a cloud, the vocal effects will insulate you from deciphering them anyway, letting the music speak for itself. Overall, an obvious winner for fans of hardcore, but still offers some worthwhile musical surprises for those who prefer a different flavor of Kool-Aid.
–Kelley O’Death (Pine Hill, pinehillrecords.com)