TOWER OF ROME: All Is Lost, All Is Lost, All Is Yet to Be Found: CD

This looked so emo that I picked it up just to trash it. But things don’t always work out the way you want them to. What comes out of the speakers is far from sweaters, thick glasses, and Dashboard Confessional tour shirts. It’s a bombastic blend of power violence, blast beats, grindcore, and plain and simple screaming. The only emotion here is being pissed. The drummer bangs so fast, I almost mistook it for a drum machine. The guitar and bass chords are played so fast and fuzzed out with distortion that they melt into one and it becomes one big wall of white noise. The slow parts make you feel like you are being dragged in slow motion through a river of mud. You lose your equilibrium. Eleven songs in a little over nine minutes. A severe beating that you never saw coming and once it’s over, you can not identify the attackers. All you can think is, what just happened?

 –don (Hewhocorrupts Inc.)