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Friday, August 10, 2012

A Public Reality Check to Frankie Palmeri

Frankie Palmeri has been under scrutiny for many things over the years, but the recent Cold Souls Clothing scandal tops the cake. These days, with the hardcore/deathcore community being as close knit as it is (though not as much as it was even just five years ago), fans wouldn’t allow something like this to go over easily. I, for one, refuse to let this go without my word on this issue, as I’m very much against this type of thing. I was only vaguely aware of Cold Souls Clothing even existing and I never checked it out till I saw the news of it being shut down.
Before we delve into the actual shirts of question and Frankie's half assed “apology,” let’s dig a little bit deeper into his other projects and paint the complete painting of douchebag. First and foremost, there’s Emmure. While there are a lot of fans that support the band, in the adult world I find these people very few and far in between. Their music and imagery is meant for the 13 to 17 year olds of today because most people my age can see through them. The imagery is that we can all be super tough guys that don't take shit from anybody, anti-everything, beat up people, and talk about video games. While they used to be one of the most respected bands in the hardcore genre with such releases as The Complete Guide To Needlework EP, The Respect Issue, and the classic Goodbye To Gallows, they fell apart when the original members Joe and Ben Lionetti left the band due to internal conflicts amongst themselves.
According to Lambgoat.com in a statement written by Joe Lionetti, “one night there was an altercation in the band that split them down the middle even more so then they already were, so we have officially left Emmure.” Being that Frankie’s douchebaggery is very well known in the music scene, it wouldn’t surprise me if it turned out that Frankie started the beef. Considering the Lionetti brothers are the original members, as in they were making music before bringing Frankie along, they should have kept the name.
Their music, even back in the glory days, has been noted to include a much more then normal influence of esteemed hardcore/deathcore band The Acacia Strain that pre-dated Emmure by years. Just listen to both bands older material and connect the dots yourself. However, a few years ago, vocalists from both bands traded blows in Clifton Park, NY after Emmure's show when Vincent Bennett approached Frankie and asked to discuss what problems. Tensions arose and, according to an unnamed label source and an Acacia Strain band member, Frankie sucker punched Vincent and they fought for a few minutes. Frankie was punching Vincent over and over with Vincent laughing at him saying he wasn't going to hit back. Frankie attempted to put on some brass knuckles (a real bitch-made move) and, according to Vincent, he dusted him and won the fight, which is fitting.
Someone who is willing to take over a band that he didn't start and sucker punch and pull out a weapon on a lone, unarmed person? The canvas is already a nice shade of brown. How did this get started? While the details are foggy at best, it would seem it was the outcome from The Acacia Strain's song "Skynet," in which they refer to Emmure for ripping them off. If you took the time to listen to both bands, you would see this is undeniably true. The entire song is filled with hate, as evidenced with "Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery. / Why would you ever want to be like me?.. / Even if you apologized to me right now it would mean nothing."
Emmure's craptastic song "R2 Deepthroat," from their worst album to date Felony, was their response to TAS's "Skynet." "I'm so happy that you just can't stop talking shit... So much for plagiarism / So much for you to waste your breath running your mouth... So do me a favor / The next time you see her / Ask your girl what my dick tastes like." I would think that a four year old can write a better song aimed against the bully in his kindergarten class than this. Especially the last line, I mean, if you can find a man or woman that hasn't had more than one partner, then you should start playing the lottery. The term is misogynic and highly irrelevant. His exceptional grammar skills should be used in grade school textbooks. Comparing the two songs, it's clear that "Skynet" is the clear winner in every way.
Which brings me to my next point of Frankie and Emmure, and that's the lyrics and song titles. The song title "I <3 EC2" is one of the most sellout titles I've heard as it is referenced to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud system for music. "Drug Dealer Friend" is the now infamous song where he expresses his joy in watching a guy sucking another guy's dick.Yes, it's about man on man. I'm not against homosexuals in any way, but I can spot a voyeur in the closet when I see one. He's a big time conspiracy theorist that has overlapping beliefs, such as "Area 64-66," which talks about UFOs, and the scriptures of the Nephilim who are said to be sons of God ("Eulogy Of Giants"). Despite that the Nephilim were only mentioned two brief times in the Hebrew bible, there are at least seven different interpretations of what the scant few passages really mean. He's only one secret gay trip from becoming a Scientologist.
I could go on and on and pick apart every song, but I think this track by track with Alternative Press of their album Speakers Of The Dead really speaks out on it's own.Metalsucks.net provided excellent commentary on the breakdown. Let's bring out Frankie's unoriginal alter-ego Thanos Reignz. His first track "A Preview Of What's To Come," is not only crappy rehashed Garageband 4/4 beats, but is also entirely unoriginal. I tried finding this track online for your listening un-pleasure but it has dropped off the face of the earth. Which is funny, considering it's entirely unoriginal and is stolen from other works. Not only was it stolen, but he never mentioned any samples or gave credit where credit was due. The Tumblr page that hosted the track has since been deleted after it was pointed out for the 312435th time of how unoriginal Frankie is. However, he has released an extremely terrible demo through his Bandcamp page, although it's only a matter of time before an electronic music aficionado picks apart these tracks and shows where they really came from.
Finally, we come to the cream of the turd crop, which is his, or was, his "hard work." I never realized that sitting on Photoshop for probably two hours tops is classified as hard work. Oh wait, I'm sure it took you longer than that. Let's pick apart the ignorance one by one:
First up in the peanut gallery, we have this totally not offensive shirt. Bands have been making offensive shirts for years, such as the now infamous banned Cradle Of Filthshirt, that targets problems in society. COF's view was that religion in general is a sickness that must be cleansed. However, there are certain events in history that shouldn't be sported as fashion or satirized. The Columbine Massacre is one that falls in that line. Those kids were not shooting first and asking questions later. These kids were planning this attack for an entire year and it wasn't even supposed to be just a shooting. If they weren't so bad at wiring the propane bombs, they would have wiped out nearly 600 people. They were going to gun down the survivors. Then they were going to drive their bomb filled cars into more crowds on live TV. They did this not out of resentment and hatred towards individuals (though that had a part in it), but more towards a mass contempt towards humanity and to cause devastating infamy for the world to cower in their power.
"Shoot first ask questions last." Frankie clearly did not real deep into Columbine enough to see that this was not some petty hatred, as most of his shitty songs represent. Klebold and Harris were out for far more than simple hatred.
Now for the second shirt. This one actually could have passed, even though the quote screams BRO!!!! However, he chose a terrible picture to associate with the saying. In case if you don't know, it's a scene from the movie American History X that shows a fictional skinhead blowing smoke into a black persons face. If you're one of three people in the world that hasn't seen the movie, it is about two brothers that are raised into the skinhead way of life. Terrorizing and killing Africans, Asians, Jews and anybody else that wasn't white and American. One of them gets caught while giving a African a Chelsea grin and goes to prison, where he gets raped and has a change of heart. He comes out of prison trying to show his younger brother the ignorance behind white power, but it's too late at the end.
By attaching the quote "violence is a way of life" with a picture that, in that certain instant, is pro-racism, you're going to have a bad time.
Now for the final masterpiece. This pic is wrong in many ways, so let's start out with the generalities. This is obviously about 9/11. This is anti-Sematic and the shirt can be interpreted as Muslims are a national threat. I've only seen a very small handful of jokes about 9/11 that made me chuckle, but that's because they weren't really aimed at the actual incident. My guesses are that he Googled "muslim/arabic symbols" and this popped up and he slapped it on a shirt. However, further research would show that this symbol is actually the symbol for Emirates Airlines, a Middle Eastern based airline company. So for those who would know that, that makes this shirt twice as terrible! To associate 9/11 with an airline company that is Middle Eastern... Can you imagine what someone would go through if they wore that shirt around them? They would be stoned in the middle of the street for sure.
All of these shirts were made for one purpose only, and that is for the shock value. We all know that shock culture sells very well, but there is a line not to be crossed. Frankie just went on his Photoshop or whatever program he used and came up with some of the most offensive shirts ever just because he thought they would sell. What if those unfortunate idiots who would actually buy these shirts were wearing them in public?
Frankie Palmeri, you have done nothing of any value to society since The Respect Issue, and even that is debatable. So what do you have to say for yourself? This is his copping out, half assed, bitchmade "apology." Seriously, this guy doesn't give a shit. He's like one of those shitty hipster kids that take Instagrammed black and white photos of themselves with pentagrams and upside down crosses because the "shock value" is "hip" and "chic." By the way, upside down crosses is a Christian symbol, not a Satanist symbol, you fucking idiots.
He claims that this was becoming a successful business, which meant it would have been that much easier to pick out the useless morons of the world and terminate them. Out of the "apology," my favorite was that he said he doesn't condone violence. Um... Emmure entire musical and apparel image is all about violence! Example 1 (for the caption)Example 2, and Example 3. But example 4 is the one that puts that statement to shame.
To say that he used Cold Souls Clothing as a reflection of the things that occur in our lifetime that shape our moral values is ridiculous. He says how we live in a society where media throws the harsh reality in our faces. He says that by getting offended by these designs, you miss the entire point of his "satire." I'm glad that he actually had the balls to say he made these shitty shirts for satire. It makes writing this piece that much easier. But by reading his statement, in between the words "asshole," "insensitive," and "waste of air" running through my head, I started to feel a little sorry for him. I mean, this guy just didn't know where the limit was and went over it without thinking. I bet he's all red in the face because he didn't know where the limit was.
Just kidding. Frankie Palmeri, you are an insensitive scum of the earth. I hope that everyone can see through your mindless and idiotic rambling. You need to quit everything and go back to your hole from where you came. Congratulations for being the Dave Mustaine of the hardcore community.
And also, Emmure leggings is probably the worst merch I've ever seen.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Interview: The Used

So tour manager Charles texted me the day of Warped Tour to interview The Used on their tour bus. Among the smell of dank weed and leather couches, we did the interview. Burt... Clearly wasn't having a good day.

Ridge: So what made The Used, with as high caliber status as you are, want to come back to Warped Tour?

Burt: They asked us to! Haha, the crowds are great, huge and energetic. I can’t help but feed off that energy, it’s awesome.

You guys have done many high profile tours in the past, like Taste Of Chaos, Projekt Revolution, and Ozzfest, how does Warped Tour differ from all of those?

It’s a younger crowd and it’s based on punk rock. It’s more energetic and not so corporate.

You guys just released Vulnerable on Hopeless Records. What’s the reaction been like so far from the fans?

It’s been really good. Hopeless has a great team and it was the first time they offered a band a strict distribution deal, so it was completely ideal for us.

How was it working with John Feldman for the record?

It was good. He’s a hard worker, really knows his shit, and he’s like family to us.

To you personally, how do you feel Vulnerable differs from your other albums?

I feel it’s more similar to the first record. It’s a real positive record about becoming who you really are, daring to dream, and to go for those dreams, no matter what the cost. Being able to accept the fact of life, because the life you live is really all about successes and failures, and it’s what we do with those successes and failures that make us who we are.

What’s the setlist for today?

“Take It Away,” “Bird and The Worm,” “Listening,” “Put Me Out,” “Taste Of Ink,” “All That I’ve Got,” and “Box Full Of Sharp Objects.”

You guys have done an array of acoustic songs over the years. Have you guys ever considered recording a full acoustic album?

No, can’t say that I have.

One album that I really liked on the new album was “Shine.” What is the story behind that song?

It’s about daring to dream, make your choice, and being who you really are. Standing up for yourself and believing in yourself. You know, we only have one life to live.

What are your plans for after Warped Tour?

Doing some tours in South America and Europe, then come back and do a full headline tour in the U.S.

Any last words for the fans and all the people who came out to Warped Tour to see The Used play?

Well I think that The Used, as anyone knows, we have dedicated and hardcore fans. For us it’s just means the world to us and we really wouldn’t be out here at Warped Tour without the fans. This new record is for you guys and I hope you love it and feel inspired and live it like I do.

Review: Paint Over Pictures- Like Hell EP (2012)

Band: Paint Over Pictures
Release: Like Hell EP
Genre: Southern Hardcore
Label: None

1. Swell
2. Birth, Grief, and Ashes
3. Like Hell
4. Tough Guy
5. The Frailty Of Everything

Review: 10/10
I’m so blown away at the new EP by Paint Over Pictures entitled Like Hell. It’s like they took southern hardcore a’la Every Time I Die and infused just the slightest bit of grunge to create a powerhouse release. This is how legends start out in the music industry today.

Quite comparable to Every Time I Die’s first EP The Burial Plot Bidding War in terms of song writing and progression, “Swell” also shows Bryan and his uniquely gruff clean singing style that is a refreshing CPR breath into a genre that is slowly becoming overpopulated. It’s a brutal and heavy song that is the shining example of the old saying “less is more.” Most bands try to be super technical to give that wow factor that grows stale over time, but Paint Over Pictures has that instantly catchy melody that can really stick to the listener over time.

Another fun fact of most bands that deem themselves southern hardcore really don’t know the meaning of that word. “Like Hell” has that perfect amount of heavy twang throughout the song that provides an excellent beer drinking, shit kicking song that should be in every country bar today. The initial notes that are played really draws the listener’s attention and Bryan’s vocals make you stay. Although they are not related by genre, Sacramento has had a recent downfall in bands that make excellent shit kicking music like Elysia that has (in my opinion) really brought down the overall music scene as they give way to copy and paste pussy post-hardcore bands, so when these guys roll through, better brace yourselves.

Going for a more straight hardcore feel like Havenside, “Tough Guy” is self explanatory. Give these EP a listen and download it FOR FUCKING FREE HERE!!! Labels, you need to open your eyes and take note on these guys.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Sepsis- Personas EP (2011)

Band: Sepsis
Release: Personas EP
Genre: Grindcore/Deathcore
Label: Independently Released

1. Fallacy
2. Philotic Connections
3. Festival Of The Hunt
4. Rapedown

Review: 7.8/10

Sepsis is a grindcore/deathcore band that is aimed at taking out the posers in the Sacramento scene. Seriously good stuff here, full of technical guitar lovemaking and stop-on-a-dime breakdowns coupled with aggressive and brutal screaming.

On “Fallacy,” they start things off to a fast start with a brutal scream and a thunderstorm of drums with some sweet riffs, then gives the listener a furious delivery of screeching vocals that sound like a demonic banshee. I can only imagine how a live showing of them playing this track would look like. Think about this as grindcore vocals over a deathcore song structure with some excellent metal riffs and death metal drums.

Staying on the same type of delivery, “Philotic Connections” gives you the same sort of music as “Fallacy,” but slightly slower paced and a different kind of vocals that almost remind me of a black metal style (sans the echoes and overtones). This goes more into the deathcore field with the lengthy breakdowns replacing the verse lines and slightly metalcore-ish bridging the gap between the sections.

A really promising EP to be had from the Sacramento scene, I cannot wait till they release their upcoming album. It will be a doozy, that is a promise.

Exclusive Song Stream: Emulsified Flesh- "Bereaved Mutilation"

Since it will be a few weeks until The Art Of Suicide will be fully available online for people to listen to, we've decided to stream another brand new song from the album that's not available anywhere else entitled "Bereaved Mutilation." Go like his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EmulsifiedFleshOfficial) to listen to four more tracks from the album.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Elysian- Wires Of Creation

Band: Elysian
Release: Wires Of Creation
Genre: Melodic Progressive Metal
Label: Self-Released
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElysianMetal

1. Man's Design
2. Sigma
3. The Climb From Fear
4. Eternal Breath
5. Sense Offender
6. The Gate
7. Play The Hand
8. Calming The Storm
9. Conquest
10. Machine
11. A Cry From The Helpless

Review: 7/10
Elysian is an Australian band that draws influence from bands like Periphery, and SiKth, with a spaced out instrumental likeness in the spirit of Pink Floyd to deliver spaced out, experimental songs. Wires Of Creation is a amalgamation of virtuosic guitars riffs and solos, menacing vocals courtesy of Ben, and ambience that creates something entirely new in the metal world… sort of.

When the first signs of music pops out with the first track “Mans Design,” right away you hear the Periphery influence in the guitars that reminisce of their song “The Walk.” Far from being a blatant rip-off however, Ben’s evil vocals kick in over the calmness of the music. It’s much like a contrast between light and dark, at least one gets that type of vibe. The music is, for a lack of a better word, more “earthly,” and the vocals sound like they belong on a brutal deathcore release.

Changing it up a bit on “Sigma,” the music goes on a melodic metalcore sort of groove and even the vocals are toned down a little bit. The riffs shown in the song are wholly unique and catchy. It eventually slips off into ambient territory with the drums providing an ethereal soundscape and the guitars expanding upon it. Chunky, djent-y riffs are abound on “Sense Offender” as well, which really pushes them further into the melodic side of music.

They don’t deviate much at all from this formula, but “The Gate” is a good try. While it’s full of faster paced guitars instead of the jumpy djent they’ve been playing so far, the drums still follow the formula. Definitely more metalcore in nature, the vocalist keeps it brutal with his shredding vocal skills. Before long, they bring back the chunky riffs unfortunately.

It’s a really good release, but it follows a little too closely in Periphery’s footsteps. While there are a few differences, the guitars is where the similarities are found. Not to sound too critical of it, it is an album worth checking out. If you’re a fan of Periphery, then this album has a chance at becoming a regular spin in your CD player.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: Emulsified Flesh- The Art Of Suicide (2012)

Band: Emulsified Flesh
Release: The Art Of Suicide
Genre: Goregrind/Slam Metal/Brutal Death Metal
Label: Sevared Records
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmulsifiedFleshOfficial

1. Eternal Suicide
2. Abyss Of Cataclysm
3. Dead
4. Bereaved Mutilation
5. In Decay
6. Misanthropic Carnage
7. Consuming Vile Thoughts
8. Absolute Hate
9. The Art Of Suicide
10. Infected Cerebellum (Bonus Track)
11. Hack, Slaughter, Maim, Impale (Bonus Track)
12. Purgatory Suicide (Bonus Track)

Review: 8.5/10

After three very long years, Emulsified Flesh has finally unleashed the concept album The Art Of Suicide onto the world. When the last album Pathological Induced Gore was released, it was met with a positive acclaim, which led to three sold out pressings and distribution through three different labels. It was strictly goregrind, while rarely delving out of that realm of music. The Art Of Suicide is a whole different album, despite having three re-recorded tracks from Pathological Induced Gore. While this album was written right after Pathological Induced Gore in 2009, multiple problems with recording plagued the release of this album. Luckily, it finally sees the light of day.

Right away, you hear a clear difference between this album and everything else that’s been done in the past. Aside from the obvious production difference, the musicianship is also much better. As evidenced from the upscaled vocals and improved guitar slams in “Eternal Suicide.” The whole song just blends together without a single moment to breathe. Lots of different progression is heard throughout the song and only follows certain melodies for a short amount of time.

One can only imagine if real drums took over instead of a drum machine on the song “Abyss Of Cataclysm.” It starts off with an insanely rapid drum section that progresses to some more brutal guitar heavy slams that is sure to appease any slam metal enthusiast. One thing that really got my attention about this album was how each track blends into each other, much like how “Abyss Of Cataclysm” goes directly into “Dead,” which has some sludgy guitar riffs about halfway into the song before heading into another fast riff and drum fest.
One of the best songs on the album is “In Decay.” It is more lenient towards death metal more than anything, mostly shown through the guitars. The guitar riffs and double bass compliments each other, but as predicted, it soon transgresses into more slam metal. “Absolute Hate” also follows this similar formula by providing riffs, slams, and intense drums in a package of hate embodied in the flesh.

While this album clearly isn’t for anyone, anyone who is into goregrind and slam metal will enjoy this for sure. Hopefully this album can also cross over some death metal fans into slam territory as well. Also noteworthy to say that this album includes three re-recorded tracks from his previous album “Pathological Induced Gore.” They are much better quality and are sure to be regular spins on anyone’s iPod or CD player. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: Born To Suffer- The Rambler (2012)

Band: Born To Suffer
Release: The Rambler
Genre: Metalcore/Post-Hardcore
Label: Independently Released

1. Insolation
2. Dream Follower
3. Nuclear Heart
4. Sagittarius A
5. Dr. Manhattan
6. Arjuna (Feat. Alexej Pechkin)
7. Crusades
8. The Rambler
9. Airborne
10. Recurrence
11. Path

Review: 7.2/10
Starting off with a basic metalcore breakdown to electronic post-hardcore 2-step to a heavier deathcore-ish breakdown in the intro “Insolation,” Born To Suffer kick things off to a fast start with “Dream Follower.” It’s basically a cross between standard metalcore with a combo of deep singing and screaming with heavy post-hardcore influences. It’s a more upbeat track than most metalcore bands these days. Overall it’s very As I Lay Dying-ish.

Gang vocals are always nice, and “Nuclear Heart” kicks it off with some from the start. The singer comes in and it really feels as though he sings from the heart. I like how you can hear him putting himself into the song to give it more meaning. The music, however, isn’t anything you haven’t heard before. Not saying it’s bad at all, but that it’s nothing new. I actually feel that this track should be made into a video, no doubt –core kids will eat this right up.

They really fool the listener into thinking they’re playing a really aggressive track on “Crusades,” with a fast Trivium-esque opening, but it tones down right away when the singing/screaming combo comes in with more breakdowns. It melds together a bit of blast beats a couple times which is pretty cool. It repeatedly leaves off on a high note that almost always leads to yet another breakdown.

This whole album is very reflective of the 2006-2008 era of the metalcore/post-hardcore crossover scene. The one thing that sets this apart from all other releases is the singer’s tone and the way he projects his voice. The music isn’t really anything to write home about, but like stated before, it’s not bad. They use a good mixture of the two main –core genres with a occasional dose of electronics. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Kurt Travis- Wha Happen? EP (2012)

Band: Kurt Travis
Release: Wha Happen? EP
Genre: Indie/Acoustic
Label: Doghouse Records

1. 25 New Ways To Regress
2. Time To Make A Plan; Not Getting Any Younger
3. Wha Happen?
4. My Favorite Things
5. Lets Remember Time
6. How Are Things

Review: 7.8/10
It seems you can’t keep a good singer like Kurt Travis down these days. After releasing the epic A Lot Like Bird’s debut Conversation Piece, he comes out of left field with a solo EP entitled Wha Happen? It’s very different from any of his past bands, as it’s a very mellow endeavor that focuses on his vocal talents with minimal instrumentals.

On the first track “25 New Ways To Regress,” Kurt goes for a very easy-going, indie feel that is largely absent from anything he’s done so far. Hand drums, maracas, and acoustic guitar combined with his off-beat personality give this EP a full set of legs to stand on it’s own. Being that he’s been in so many weird bands up to this point (A Lot Like Birds, No Not Constant, Dance Gavin Dance, O! The Joy, Five Minute Ride), no one could imagine him not going for a original and experimental sound. Also, props to the Doug theme song with his “dat-dat-dat’s.”

The title track “Wha Happen?” is the most structured song of them all, depending on your views on what structure is. It’s a fairly easy going acoustic track that is catchy, infectious, and a stand out track among anything he’s done so far. Going way left field, “My Favorite Things” is a really spacey song that (obviously) showcases his vocal talents. There aren’t any real instruments here, but his dual delivery provides all that you need. Speaking of the dual delivery, although it sounds great on record, it will leave something missing from his live shows.

The shining moment on the EP is the time old classic of saving the best for last. “How Are Things” is a softer spoken acoustic track that utilizes his vocals to a level that hasn’t really been seen before. The voice just carries and flows over the track like silk upon another layer of silk. This is the treat for his true fans that delve and take the time into listening to this off beat release.

Fingers crossed for more from Kurt Travis later in the year. Be sure to catch him on tour with Never Shout Never, Koji and Renne and the Translators April 27th through May 17th and with his band A Lot Like Birds with I Set My Friends On Fire, Greeley Estates and A Bullet For A Pretty Boy on March 17th through April 25th

Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: The Shark's Megabyte- Lame Life EP (2012)

Band: The Shark's Megabyte
Release: Lame Life EP
Genre: Nintendocore
Label: Swimming With Sharks Records

1. Intro
2. F
3. U
4. C
5. K
6. I
7. T
8. Outro

Review: 7/10
Not many people are fans of Nintendo-core (or NEScore for short) and that’s understandable. Using synthesized instruments and different sounds that would come straight out of a video game isn’t most people’s forte. But to the ones out there that do actively look for this genre of music, Lame Life EP is one you don’t want to pass up.

The Shark’s Megabyte is a band by Rob, AKA Whatthekatdraggedin. Having recently been signed to Swimming With Sharks Records, this is deemed to be the “last solo release,” as Rob is hiring a full band after this. With an intro, outro, and six single letter songs that spell fuck it, it’s a short but sweet release.

Chock full of synth guitar breakdowns with chiptune sounds to give that NES feel, “Intro” is a good way to tell what the EP is all about. I think that if extended to a full legitimate song, it has boss battle theme music capabilities. “F” doesn’t deviate too much from what the intro shows you. It has plenty of breakdowns that are tied together by loosely related bridges.

One thing is that NEScore isn’t designed to be fancy and technical. It’s a form of minimalistic music that appeals to only a very few people. “U” is a stand out track though. It’s got a bit of a groove that falls into heavy breakdowns that I can really see being played live and watching people in the pit go nuts. The tone of the song lightens with the soft edged chip sounds over the heavy and fast drums that just don’t stop.

This pretty much sums up the EP. There isn’t too much deviation from the heavy breakdowns, softer chiptune sounds, and the absence of vocals. If you are open-minded, then give NEScore a shot by downloading the entire album for free: http://www.mediafire.com/?ibtbm3jbmc03bwy