THING THAT ALWAYS EXPLODES, THE: Use Your Head!: CD-R

PC lyrics meet some gleeful attempts at subverting the standard hardcore template while still remaining within its boundaries. These kids can thrash things up just fine, but they throw in slinky, slidy bass lines, tempo changes, off-kilter stops, funk-tinged instrumentals, and other sneaky bits to keep things from being bogged down with a “been there, done that” feel. The first six songs are rawer and angrier; the latter ten are, for the most part, more challenging. A nice bit of work here.

 –jimmy (www.thethingthatalwaysexplodes.com)