Cast in Stone - _Life on Trial_
(Warfare Records, 2000)
by: Alex Cantwell (8 out of 10)
This six song CD is full of totally infectious West Coast hardcore. On the first two songs, the band really reminds me of early Earth Crisis, but they do have the distinctive West Coast aggro thing intact. It also reminds me to quit listening to that damn Christina Aguilera CD just because she has cool red streaks in her hair now. By the third song they throw that vibe out the window and get down to some speed and mosh riffs. Yeah baby, there are many out there in whose hearts this stuff will never die! Drummer Derek Youngsma's snare is very tight, and has a cool, non-over-produced papery sound to it, which drives the music to great effect. Cast in Stone are yet another energetic hardcore band from the very fertile grounds of California, and it's almost enough to get me packing my bags and getting out there. Hopefully this EP is a good example of things to come from this scene and this band in particular. Shave that head which doesn't bang!

Contact: Warfare Records, 2036 Alexander Dr., Escondido CA 92025, USA

(article published 10/1/2001)

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