ROSE CROSS: Self-titled: 7”

Yes. I’m really digging the resurgence of itchy-scratchy, agitated, smart, non-bro, static-fast hardcore. Rose Cross fits in with Brain ≠ and Joint ≠. It’s breathless but has melody. It’s fast, but it’s not a slur-blur. It’s agitated, but not pointlessly angry. It’s intelligent in a bad, shitty-awesome tattoo way. If this is the direction more hardcore bands are headed in, sign me up. Features Peanut of The Y on drums.

 –todd (Drugged Conscience, druggedconscience.com – free download right from the site.)