A horrible hack

Seven Days of Samsara - Akarso


Year Released: 2002
Format: 7"
Label: Ricky Schroeder Fan Club
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Super nice little split here in a sleeve apparently made out of a rehashed priority mail envelope thing, combined with things glued on and some nice little photocopied pages with band photos on. Swell.

Seven Days of Samsara first up to bat, with a song that I was initially unimpressed with that has grown on me rather immensly. Begins with this nice little arpeggiated guitar part that leads us in and goes hand in hand throughout the song as its accompanied by well-controlled guitar crashes and drumwork before launching into some hefty metal-influenced hardcore somewhere between kind Tragedy and Botch - a full-on assault coupled with enough technical hoo-hah to keep me interested. Throaty vocals and some higher pitched ones as well, singing an angry little song about how shit most of us are by calling ourselves ‘punk’, emblazoning our clothes, bags and whatnot with buttons, patches and stickers whilst doing fuck all to back up the righteous slogans. Totally spot-on and appropriate, and something I think a lot of us (myself included) can be all too guilty of - wallowing in the music and merchandise whilst contributing little else.

Akarso on the flipside are a whole different kettle of fish (what a strange and stupid phrase that is). Taut and angular playing a precise brand of music flitting between math rock and emo, like Shotmaker or the Red Scare without the heavy groove both of those bands manage(d) to latch onto (something there that isn’t in the bass sound here methinks) but pretty damn hep nonetheless. A great skronking noise with yelled vocals over the top that should have both you and me shaking our moneymakers in ungainly fashion.

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