I might not sound popular, but I'm not a huge fan of all the new english bands that are hyped everywhere right now. Quite sure that when the hype will disappear, most of them will quickly fall into oblivion. Except for Violent Reaction. The band that started this scene is without any doubt the best of the bunch. And their last ep "dead end", released in the UK by Quality Control and in the US by Painkiller, just confirms it. Their most solid output for sure, boston hardcore perfectly melted with the best english street punk. These six tunes are bloody good & memorable and you'll find yourself singing along them after the first listening. Add a huge guitar sound and a great production and you got an instant winner. sXe hardcore back to its roots and far way from the boyscout attitude of most of these bands. I feel a bit weird for liking a band that just signed to Revelation, a label that represents everything I dislike in hardcore, but I guess there's always a first time. And honestly, this sounds closer to Negative Approach or SSD than YOT or Bold.
I got the european press that has a different artwork than the american press. The sleeve is formed by 5 panels that, when opened, surprise! It forms a huge X. As cheesy and boring the whole Xs thing is, I must admit that this looks pretty damn good. Overall, a very nice package for one of the most solid ep released this year.