REALIST: Demo 2012: CD

Realist describe themselves as “DIY dirty basement hardcore,” a description which I not only love, but feel is very accurate. This is raw, stripped-down hardcore with no frills or pretense, and brimming with rage. The riffs are fast, simple, and super-catchy. The vocals roar with barely contained anger, spitting lyrics which are as straightforward as the music. Lyrical topics focus on personal problems and emotions, but in a language to which the listener can easily relate. There are no convoluted metaphors or ironic introspection here, just simple and direct feelings put in words and set to music. The complete package is undeniably catchy hardcore punk that fans of the genre everywhere should rightfully embrace. With only three songs, clocking in at only a minute and a half worth of music, this demo is a kick in the face or a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart that you’re going to want to experience again and again. If it doesn’t make you want to mosh or sing along, call 911 because you might be dead.

 –Paul J. Comeau ([email protected])