Thursday, June 7, 2012

Music Reviews: Direct Hit/Hold Tight split

Hardcore music, for me, can be either a hit or a miss. Sometimes it can be original in it's approach as far as lyrical content. Sometimes it can be repetitious and boring. Maybe it's a mood you have to be in in order to really appreciate it. And sometimes it can be the same old same old but still have something that pulls you in and makes you like it. The latter is definitely the case in the new split by Direct Hit and Hold Tight.

Direct Hit start this album off with angry G.G. Allin sounding vocals on "Oregon Entrails" a nice little song about mass murder. C'mon, who doesn't like a song about strangulation? Direct Hit make the soundtrack to a killing spree. From songs titles like "Decapitation" and "53 Bodies" it's hard no to think that if these guys didn't form a band they would be on a 12 state murder rampage. The lyrics are vicious and sick at times. But the music really fires you up and makes you wanna tear through the pit with elbows and knuckles flying freely. It's mood music for sure...but if that mood calls for killing your boss, save the dirty work for someone else and just pop in this album. You'll feel better once it's over.

Hold Tight on the other hand are more of a screamo style hardcore band vocally. The songs are super short blasts lasting only seconds. But they are effective blasts of energy and excitement. I like the singing better on the Hold Tight songs than Direct Hit's. But both bands are equally as intense. "Stay Alive" is my favorite track on this release. It reminds me of the first Suicidal album from '83. I can only think that these guys are fans of that album. "Stagger I" and "Stagger II" are to this album what both parts of "Damaged" were to Black Flag. Epic in it's approach and style, these are strong points on this release.

Like I said earlier, hardcore can be a hit or a miss. But this album, if you're in the mood for it, is a direct hit! Get your anger and frustration out with this album. It's better than getting arrested for assault...or worse. Chalk this one up as another win for I Hate Punk Rock Records. Well done!

4 / 5 stars.


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