RATMASK: Demo: Cassette

Always good to hear some straight-up hardcore punk being cranked out without any pretense or hollow pose. Ratmask belt out seven crunchers that are heavy and moderately fast. Instead of pummeling whirlwind speeds, they deliver their sonic beating through largely mid tempo and riff-heavy songs. The vocalist sounds like he’s being strangled, and at times he’s so pissed he can’t even get the words out, to where it sounds like he’s saying, “Yaay yah yay uh yahhhhhh!” Lyrically, it’s all vitriol against co-workers, pro-lifers, feeling useless, and society in general (there’s a lot of lyrical inspiration out there these days). If you want some no-frills hardcore that is loud and pissed, and good for venting to, then Ratmask are a good place to look. No idea why we’re just getting this now when it was released in 2009. Anyhow…

 –M.Avrg (Drug Party, drugparty.org)