DRAWBACKS: How We Feel: CD/LP

This French hardcore punk band starts the album with some chunky bass, then galloping snare beats, and they’re off. The music is generally fast-paced with screams and gang vocals on many songs. I grew up listening to a lot of this passionate hardcore in the ’90s and early ’00s. In that regard, Drawbacks’ sound is reminiscent of the German band Trainwreck. In the end, it comes off sounding very “crucial” and overly intense. I appreciate the passion but it would’ve been nice to hear a curveball thrown in on at least one of these ten tracks instead of the rehashed stuff I listened to twenty years ago. –Kurt Morris (Eternalis, eternalisrecords.free.fr)