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back to album reviews home Artist: 30 Years War Title: Under the Gun Label: Substandard Purchase at: Amazon

30 Years War rages an all-out verbal assault against your senses in this blistering little six-track EP. Full of screamed vocals and old school hardcore sounds, these Santa Cruz locs rail against the political powers that be and the socio-economic mess they’ve created, all at about ten billion beats per second. Tracks like “Colors Of” and its thunderous, “Red hate and white noise/ And the blue drone of the airwaves/ Confirms my contempt” will leave your head reeling and your mind full. If you think speed-core bands like Heroin are the bee’s knees, then “Under the Gun” should be on your list. If you’re looking for variation and harmony, then look somewhere else. This is the shortest review I’ve ever written.

Brian Greenaway