Point of Recognition / Cast in Stone / Torn in Two - _Now the Tables Have Turned_
(split, 2000)
by: Alex Cantwell (8.5 out of 10)
A novel idea indeed from Facedown Records: instead of doing a split EP, as is common to do with just two bands, why not have a third band and make it a full length that is worthy of your dollars? Cast in Stone start things off, and are quite an energetic little hardcore band. With all of the audience cue lines included on this studio effort, I'm sure that those in attendance at one of their shows that had these things memorized would be quite overcome with aggression and all out machismo whilst yelling them out in unison with the vocalist, which is what most of this new skool hardcore is based around anyway -- I'm not saying aggression and machismo is bad, I quite enjoy it really, but if you take a step back it is quite laughable. Anyway, Torn in Two storm the second set of songs with great original musicality along with crushing heaviness. They really set things off when the two vocalists (that's right, another in a future long line of hxc acts to have two vocalists) trade off lines. Point of Recognition's appearance on this CD is disappointingly without their second vocalist, leaving Aaron "Wrekinthings" alone. Refer to issue #49 for a more involved description of this band, but I will remind everyone here that PoR has suddenly jumped to the top of the West Coast hardcore heap, as far as myself and many others are concerned. The four songs on this split aren't groundbreaking or anything, but they are brutal and aggressive, with doom riffs thrown in and even a chorus or two, and let's face it -- hardcore with double bass drumming freakin' rules.

Contact: Facedown Records, P.O. Box 1202, Escondido, CA 92033, USA

(article published 20/11/2000)

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