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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Darkest Hour
Hidden Hands of A Sadist Nation
Victory Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Oh, the brutality. Darkest Hour - hardcore and metal together, released from those tough guys at Victory Records, this is what scares the parents of little metal head kids who grow their hair long, start wearing black 24/7 and light bugs on fire in the street. Insectopyromania might be going too far, but this release is probably the 3rd full length from Darkest Hour and it's fucking brutal as usual - intense, indecipherable, growling vocals, crushing, pummeling double bass, shrieking metal guitars all aimed to rip apart you head and re-arrange your thought patterns if you'll let 'em.

There are two ways you can look at this- Darkest Hour could be the guys carrying the hardcore banner into the new millennium, fighting the good fight against the forces of evil fascist oppression- the dark forces of this dark hour; or maybe they're playing hardcore by the numbers, with all the fills and tricks and clichés, the same as many bands from ten years ago. No doubt about it, they've heard their Scandinavian death metal, probably owe a lot to At The Gates and other metal forefathers. Thing is, it is the "new millennium", and although this band might be sick live, creating a killer pit and exorcising demons, I'm just not sure that I'd want to sit around and play this album much at all, not even for a good drive somewhere. Proficient, no doubt, but the latest Darkest Hour nonetheless seems to just rest on the metal-hardcore formula of days past. But what the fuck do I know though? This shit IS fucking brutal, if that's what you want.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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