RAD / CROSS CLASS: Split: LP

Faster and louder hardcore from Sacramento, Calif., this LP posthumously compiles the final recordings from both bands, circa 2016-2017. RAD lived in that 7 Seconds/Career Suicide realm of hardcore. Cleaner guitars, dynamic songs, and intelligible, catchy vocals make their side of this split a great listen. Cross Class shared a drummer with RAD but played a decidedly different brand of hardcore: heavier, dirtier, more abrasive and more intense. While RAD wins the day for me, both bands bring the goods, making this a worthwhile pickup.–Chad Williams (Sacramento, sacramentorecords.com)