A horrible hack



Year Released: 2007
Format: LP
Label: Collapse
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on May 30, 2008
I raised an eyebrow at being sent a vinyl LP to review all the way from the States, what with the extreme postage. I was going to be a bit disheartened for the band if it ended up getting a shitty review. Fortunately, this LP is super. Resonance play dynamite melodic hardcore of the kind that is perhaps less in fashion at the moment. It has elements of stuff like Gorilla Biscuits but filters it through slightly more modern leanings via Lifetime, Hot Water Music and then throws in the hidden extra element that stops a band with such a sound from sounding dated. Is it the furious energy? The roaring production? Well, it's partly those but it is the decidedly emotional vocals are the biggest draw for me, spilled out desperately and sometimes more optimistically, surely taking influence from Revolution Summer bands, which is a top thing as far as I am concerned. The band clearly has bucket-loads of passion and this really makes them stand out from a crowd of bands that have sounded like this in the past 10+ years. Despite having such old faithful comparisons to fall back on as those, this does genuinely sound fresh and exciting. I should note that the band had a split release with Permanent, who they also fit very well with.

I massively recommend this to anyone who enjoys traditional melodic hardcore, as it is as good a take on the style I have heard since, jeez, I have no idea... Check it out!
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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