SOW THREAT: Hate & Love: LP

Japanese crust/grind that falls firmly on the punk side of things with heavy influence from U.K. bands like Doom, Heresy, and early Napalm Death. They’re doing the lower-than-lo-fi thing here, which can be cool except when the bands are heavier and then it gets muddy. I’m not going to lie, there’s a bit of charm in the recording in that it reminds me of demos of early death metal and grind bands, and when I started to think about it that way I did enjoy it a bit more. The band is tight and the tempo changes are all handled really well. There are some cool riffs, but on a whole the songs aren’t all that compelling unless you’re a crust/grind fanatic. –Ian Wise (SPHC, spec.bigcartel.com)