OUT COLD: Goodbye Cruel World: CD

I still stand by that the previous record: Will Attack If Provoked is an unheralded hardcore gem—one of the top ten of the last decade. Although far from a bad album, Goodbye Cruel World doesn’t quite measure up to the power, intensity, and hidden chord melodicism (where it seemed that the faster they belted it out, the catchier it got, which is still a mystery) of its predecessor, it’s still satisfying. Barked vocals, believably bleak lyrics, stark guitars, and conviction make it heads and shoulders above whatever screamo dog and pony show is being peddled to impressionable kids for the next five minutes. I just don’t feel the chills with this record and I wish I did.

 –todd (Acme)