STAPLES IN CARPET: Beyond Belief: CD

This Seattle-based band specializes in hardcore steeped in mid-’80s punk/metal, wisely keeping on the punkier side of the fence for the most part. Some songs are a tad longer than may be good for ‘em, and on the whole, nothing really stands out enough to give the release some needed singularity, but neither is it offensive to the senses. It’s just kinda… there, which I guess speaks to some amorphous “promise” of something much better that doesn’t quite materialize. A bit more conviction in delivery? A bit more focus of intent? With this kinda stuff ye want it to take yer head off, leaving you going, “Whuuuut the fuck was that?!” Maybe next time.

 –jimmy (Staples In Carpet, staplesincarpet.bandcamp.com)