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Escape Grace
Escape Grace
City of Hell Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I feel very strange sitting down to write this review in a public space - actually, the library. I can feel people staring over my shoulder, wondering what I am doing, what I am writing... or maybe that's just my deeply rooted paranoia creeping up again warning me to watch my back. It's very dangerous nowadays to use that public computer: viruses, the thought of ending up in prison somewhere for a misdirected, or a not so misdirected, website. Or, you know, actually reading and writing; it is the militant right wing's greatest fear: a public who actually thinks for themselves. All in all, Escape Grace really aren't too controversial, but in the Bush-era where the denounciation of French fries is commonplace, who the hell knows anymore.

Escape Grace keeps it simple, but no so much to the point of being boring and blah. Combining pieces of punk, metal and hardcore, the EP brings together pieces of various genres that make its songs both stand out from other hardcore outfits and seem familiar without feeling redundant.

Their one-sheet compares them to the likes of Botch and the Hope Conspiracy; however, they are less innovative than the former and less manic than the latter. Instead, their metal-core shredding is reminiscent of Midwestern hardcore bands such as 7 Angels 7 Plagues. The lacerated growl never falters, keeping the songs moving until their implosive demise. The drums are noticeably unconventional and more "upbeat" than usual, taking their approach from a more heavy rock standpoint. I wish I could have heard them better - the production is a little hairy with the guitars and vocals drowning out the rhythm.

Despite the couple generic breakdowns ("Goodbye Hy Vanessa"), Escape Grace "keeps it real." Their sound is frenzied, but not overdone, and they take a fair amount of characteristics from other genres, but stay their path. Overall, their songs do have that quality that urges taking-notice, but would be more commanding with some tightening up and clipping of the needless hashing out on such songs as "In Rides The White Knight."

Bands of this type are some of the most exciting to see before they are gobbled up of the "masses" (which seems to be what Escape Grace is shooting for). Perfect to catch in a sweaty basement somewhere, getting real drunk and pissing off all the straightedge kids.

Reviewed by Abbie Amadio
The last we heard Abbie Amadio, a former contributor to LAS, was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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