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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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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
»Deerhunter
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
Ringworm
The Promise
Deathwish Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The state of present-day hardcore is quite different than what it was, say, twenty years ago. Although the same aesthetics are there, (hard, fast, and loud) hardcore has taken a new shape, with many tributaries branching off from its original inception. With the dominance of metal influenced hardcore taking over the headphones and stereos of today's youth, there are a handful of bands considered to be predecessors of the scene that are finally being recognized. Cleveland, Ohio has been a breeding ground for such bands, one of these being the almighty Ringworm.

Since their inception in 1990, Ringworm set out to cross the bloodlines between hardcore and heavy metal. Considering the majority of today's hardcore bands fit nicely into this niche, Ringworm are finally receiving the praise that they undoubtedly deserve. While building an ever-growing fan base in Cleveland, Ringworm toured incessantly for almost 9 years before being recognized for their contributions to hardcore. The past couple of years have brought them a record deal with Victory Records, tours throughout Europe, and an increasing following.

With the recent re-release of their first full length, entitled The Promise, on the newly imprinted Deathwish label, Ringworm are set to show the hardcore scene where everything began to bubble and boil. This is an extremely strong album, showcasing the band's heavy metal chops and punk prowess. Standout tracks like "Numb", "Slideshow", and "The Promise", show Ringworm's uncanny ability to mesh sludgy metal riffs and the fast paced drumming and riffage of early east coast hardcore. Taking hints from Slayer, Bad Brains, and Black Flag, Ringworm managed to create a great album is sure to get your fists pumping. In the end, you only need do three things; put The Promise into your CD player, turn the dial to eleven, and commence to put your fingers into devil-horn formation.

Reviewed by Adam Jaenke
A contributing writer for LAS, Adam Jaenke is from Eau Claire. Isn\'t that also the name of a pastry?

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