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With a lineup consisting of Mike IX, Hank III, Phil Anselmo, and a guy I've never heard of, but absolutely destroys with his bass, Collin Yeo, you know that failure is hardly possible. Arson Anthem is the musical entity of an outcast leper spitting acidic words of anger and frustration at everything he sees. Arson Anthem makes their message clear.
These guys are interpreting the vicious intensity and sounds of bands like Discharge, Void, Infest, and Rorschach. Punk rock/hardcore bands with a metallic edge, and a confrontational, no bullshit attitude. The songs on this record takes these influences and hurl them into a whole other storm that doesn't exceed their predecessors, but gives them their touch on music. What we get are intense songs that build up on you with passages reminiscent of Hellhammer or the slower sequences of the songs on Napalm Death's Scum Album. Then, erupts into a full force blast with Mike IX barking into the microphone. It doesn't stop for you, and you're left to ride with them on these short compositions that don't generally last longer than a minute and thirty seconds. Whew, by the time the album's over, you're left with two thoughts on your mind. One, those guys are frickin' pissed and intense, two, the songs are great, and have memorable instrumentation, but I can't help wonder why they all sound like one long, progressive passage. While this might be true the first time around, a few listens will have to distinguising which songs are which, they each have something memorable about them. Especially 'Bunker Life', 'Cops Shoot Coke' and 'Doomed Morale'.
The instrumentations solid. Hank the Third brings the grind/thrash punk drum hammering with a continuity that keeps these songs furious by channeling Cryptic Slaughter and Mick Harris. Collin Yeo's dirty bass really makes these songs heavy too, as Phil Anselmo's guitar is lethal, but probably wouldn't make these songs as enjoyable if it weren't for the bass to support it. Mike IX is also the man for the job, only a man such as he could fill that role.
This EP is great if you want to listen to some great crust/hardcore reminiscent of all those great 80's bands or if you're a fan of Phil Anselmo and his gang.