FEVER DREAM: Masses: CS

Angry and adequate hardcore. I can’t say I was impressed the moment the cassette started playing, but the further I got in, the more I was intrigued by the band’s ability to weave structurally interesting hardcore into a cohesive release. At times, the singer’s screech can reach Eric Cartman levels of absurdity, but generally their delivery plays off the band’s solid meat-and-potatoes delivery very well. On the other end of the spectrum, the screams hit the right levels of cathartic harshness that thrives so well on hardcore records. Certain songs work better than others and at times the songwriting feels like it’s running out of steam (see: the guitar solo in “Befall”), but a valiant effort; one that deserves praise. –Bryan Static (Self-released, feverdreambk.bandcamp.com)