HOTET: Död Framtid: 7”

With Hotet’s second EP, they’ve yet to break free of the Masshysteri comparison. The yearning, desperate crooning sounds great, but it’s not until the first song on side B—“Stoppa Mig”—that we find ourselves once again facing a track that Hurula and Co. never could have written. It’s a relentless, riffy punk banger mixed with gloriously harmonized vocals. Hotet has the sound nailed, but they truly shine when they kick the song into a higher gear, and take the listener on a wild ride, like a dirt bike mission through an ancient Swedish forest. This is high quality stuff, but it’s at its best when it’s not so reminiscent of something else. –Daryl (Never Understand, [email protected])