CRONANDER: Trapped: CD

A while back I reviewed a demo tape by these guys and was taken by their hardcore stylings. Well here we are a few years later and they’ve continued to up their game. I have a litmus test for hardcore. If you have more metal in your sound than Poison Idea, I am not going to like your band. Cronander definitely falls within the PI scale when it comes to serving up those tasty Pig Champion-esque riffs and squeals. I heartily approve. The vocals are clear and intelligible. Cronander are pissed at the state of the world and they aren’t afraid to tell you. Money obsession, tech dependency, cops, and that orange chimp running (ruining) things down there are prime targets. Remember those annoying people who said, “Well, at least punk rock is going to get better” as a response to the idiot getting elected? I guess this is what they meant, but I get the feeling that there would be plenty of other shit for Cronander to be angry about regardless. The recording on this is top notch. I’ll reiterate what I said in the closing of my last review: “these guys could become one of my favorite hardcore bands.” One step closer, for sure. I will be actively searching out their music from here on out. –Ty Stranglehold (Cronander, cronander.bandcamp.com)