Vessel - _Vessel_
(Burning Records, 2000)
by: Alex Cantwell (7 out of 10)
You ready for a stompin' good time? Although Vessel's music takes on somewhat of a dark edge, it's also pretty easy to mosh around the living room to with a big ol' sloppy grin on your grill. I know nothing of this band or their background, but although Vessel is pretty much new-skool hardcore, I would imagine they listen to quite a bit of metal as well. To make it easy on myself and you as well, I will just say that this band land somewhere between Pro-Pain, Drill 187 and whatever '90s hardcore band you care to think of. Now, that is not to say that their music is generic, or without a face of its own; it's just that they will need to work on personalizing their sound. Some of the things that they already have going for them include the ability to transform their anger and frustration into good songs, and combine good hardcore breakdowns with brutal double-bass drumming. Labels like Metal Blade and Goldtrax are signing bands like this right now, ya know? I recommend this to all the punters out there, but also to all of the kids whose CD collection consists of merely Deftones and Machine Head.

Contact: Burning Records, 518 Elm St., Carnegie PA 15106, USA

(article published 10/1/2001)

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