DEVIL’S DEN: Barbed New Religion: 12” EP

Devil’s Den have some pretty good things going for them: they crank out some pretty vicious hardcore that’s fast and furious, they have that needed intensity, and lyrically they choose not to go the cut and dry route, opting for something that takes a couple more seconds to decipher. What trips them up on this record is the way the vocals are recorded with that blown out in a large warehouse sound. It’s an unfortunately popular way of recording, but truthfully, it makes the vocals sound light and flimsy. “Who Will Replace You?” is the cut of the twelve. –Matt Average (Atomic Action!, [email protected])