PROTESTANT: Antagonist: 7”

Beautiful and scorching three-song EP here. It’s got all the requisite elements: stunning chipboard/silkscreen packaging (complete with booklet), top-notch, thematic graphics, bleak as hell lyrics (but with song/band explanations that are tinged with hope) and some of the meanest, darkest epic-style hardcore since that jaw-dropping Fighting Dogs LP came out a few years ago. Think Havoc-era From Ashes Rise and you’re off to a pretty good start. When it’s done well (and Protestant most definitely do it well), this shit makes me want to punch walls with a shit-eating smile on my face. If you’re looking for dark and brooding hardcore, Antagonist is your golden ticket.

 –keith (Halo Of Flies)