Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review:Pick Your Side-Let Me Show You How Democracy Works

2012
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After releasing the impressive debut 7 inch Survival Prayer last year I've been waiting to hear more from Pick Your Side, a crushing hardcore band featuring Jeff Beckman(vocalist for Haymaker and guitarist for Left For Dead among other notable bands) and also featuring members of metal/grind stalwarts Fuck The Facts. Their new LP delivers on the promise of their debut in spades, featuring 16 songs on furious hardcore with elements of several different styles being showcased throughout. There are faster straightforward hardcore/powerviolence songs that bring to mind the aforementioned singer's previous band Haymaker, a few more metallic/melodic songs with a crusty influence coming forward, and also a few ridiculously heavy slower songs usually built around a single crushing riff. It's clear from the top notch performance on this record that Beckman's time away from fronting a band hasn't caused him to miss a beat and he sounds better then ever. While the production on the LP retains the raw intensity of the previous 7 inch there is also a noticeable jump in recording quality and things sound much louder and clearer this time around. Expectations were high when Pick Your Side formed due to the popularity of the member's previous band's and it's safe to say they have more then met those with this release. All fans of hardcore/grind/powerviolence owe it to themselves to check out this out ASAP.

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