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I'm gonna get medieval on your ass!!! - 65%

hells_unicorn, July 24th, 2012

They don’t like foreskins much in Pakistan, in most cases, they tend to put them under the knife not long after they’ve enjoyed some time outside the place they were created. Well, now it seems that this long oppressed group has found an outlet for its rebellion against the sharp object slashing majority via a crossover band by the same name. Over the past couple years; they’ve managed to focus their craft from being a poorly produced demo machine into something that passes for the average sound quality of a veteran outfit with access to 80s era technology.

“Anger Management” takes a rather peculiar approach to the topic hinted in its title by literally spilling it all out for the listener in the way a mass shooter might some random public place with bullets. Mostly built off of a barebones power chord riffing style common to the average NYHC band, but also including a fair amount of technical flair in the guitars at a few key points to put it up with a seasoned thrash outfit like Testament (though obviously lacking said band’s access to high-fi production sounds). There’s some occasional down tempo nods to a traditional doom sound here and there, not all that far from a typical Saint Vitus riffing style, but with a much more trebly tone, and the title song actually gets a bit nostalgic of said band’s collaboration with Black Flag by employing elements of both bands, along with some sampled dialogue from Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” just for added effect.

This little demo is up and free of charge, so feel free to check it out if you like it irreverent in an old school sense. The influences are worn right on its shirtsleeve and there isn’t a whole lot in the way of innovation to separate this from 80s crossover save a slightly more guttural vocal style somewhat reminiscent of Napalm Death, particularly on “Hack N’ Slash…The Dungeon”. It’s not quite in the same league as Suicidal Tendencies or Corrosion Of Conformity, but considering it’s an independent venture, it definitely is far from bad.