SACRED SHOCK: You’re Not with Us: LP

A lot of the time when I go to a hardcore show or a metal show, afterwards I walk away talking about how blown away I am by how tight, fast, and intense the bands were. My girlfriend usually then will ask if I want to go buy the band’s record and almost always I find myself saying “Oh, no. I would never listen to that at home.” That’s the feeling I get with this record. These dudes probably slay live. The band is supremely solid, plays with epic ferocity, precision, and speed. But, at the same time, you won’t ever catch me pitting in my room to this. For a quick description, imagine if the Husker Dü that recorded Land Speed Record got angrier, louder, and faster over time, maybe dabbled in metal crossover territory, rather than going on to record New Day Rising or Flip Your Wig. As a matter of personal preference, I enjoy the latter more so than the former, which isn’t to say that there aren’t folks out there who wouldn’t enjoy this record. I’m sure some of you are certainly going to salivate all over this, and I might even join you at the shows. This just isn’t going to get a lot of plays on my turntable.

 –Jeff (Residue, residue-records.com)