Disrespect - _Hit the Ceiling_
(Diehard, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (7.5 out of 10)
Drawing considerable influence from pre-_Slither_ Earth Crisis material, Disrespect have hammered out a solid thirty-odd minutes of metallic hardcore featuring battering drumming, fat guitars and Buechner-grade indecipherable vocals. Despite a clean and individual execution, _HtC_ does leave slightly too strong an aftertaste of Earth Crisis than Disrespect's better judgement should have allowed. However, the strategic deployment of good, Obituary-esque melodic lead work serves to reduce the album's potential for tedium or excessive similarity to the Syracuse bruisers' signature. It's cool to think that Disrespect crank _Cause of Death_ alongside _Destroy the Machines_ -- even though the hardcore / death metal cross-pollination means that they wouldn't necessarily have had to. Solid, aggressive and centrally honest, a good record from what are probably a good band to see live.

(article published 10/1/2001)


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