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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Murder Weapon
Nervous Wreck
Martyr Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
disc that's only eleven minutes long may be the perfect length for a hardcore release. The velocity of Nervous Wreck is impressive, as the tracks blow through like a hurricane, but the fact that it finishes so succinctly makes the album just the right size before it gets grating, lost, or overdone.

Murder Weapon effectively melds a respect for 80s New York hardcore with the modern day scene. They face all of the aggression and ruined vocal chords we've come to expect, but touch effortlessly on the punk roots of hardcore: there are honest-to-God chords discernable beneath the screaming, which is one checkpoint many bands have forgotten. They also tip their hat to the yesteryears of heavy metal, but do not overplay their hand, letting their true talent rest in guided lyrics and breakneck speed.

Having shared the stage with Madball, it is clear that the NYC natives play role model and unsung hero to this new crop. Inspiration is further gleaned from the wailing guitar structures of early Epitaph records, as edgy lines flirt between screeching ups and a chugging heartbeat on every track.

While "Your Pain" is the longest cut, and consequently more fleshed out and conceptually clear, "Bad Blood" clocks in at a blistering 57 seconds of serious conviction. With a hopeful lyric and a ferocious pace, they call out, "You think I'm giving in?/ Nice try, friend/ We can't turn back now"; and their staying power is to be believed. If you like your hardcore raw, rooted, and intelligent, Nervous Wreck is a short and fulfilling trip.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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