WORDS: Self-titled: CD

Is it naïve of me that I expected a band called Words with an album called Words to have an emphasis on, y’know, words? Words’s atonal, frenetic, slightly mathy hardcore has a few good lyrics, but the way vocalists Justin Morales and Morgan Travis scream them, you’d never know without cracking the insert. Doing so does prove informative, however; they’ve included a manifesto of sorts inside, explaining that they give away their music for free because “music is passion, not an industry.” –Sarah Shay

 –guest (Self-released)