Thursday, January 13, 2011
SLANG - Life Made Me Hardcore (2010, Prank [USA]/Hardware Records [Europe])
Reviewing a Slang record kind of misses the point. They have been playing hardcore for over 20 years. Unlike most bands that have been around that long, they are as good as ever, if not better. What makes them stand out to me is their precise approach to the simplistic. Most bands that do the Discharge thing only have one of those qualities. Slang bring both in spades and even throw in a few curve balls (time changes, riff change ups) without ever being "metal." So what sets this apart from "The Immortal Sin?" Not much, but there are some differences. The production is really blown out but thankfully they keep the distortion levels down so that everything is clear. There are also more hulking mid-tempo parts than ever.
As I said, reviewing a record like this kind of misses the point. When the name of your record is "Life Made Me Hardcore" and the cover is a skull sword shield thing, you are wearing your sound on your sleeve. In some ways, I think Slang are a little too good for such obviousness, but I also think that if anyone has earned the right to be so obvious, it's them. Maybe I'm making excuses because in America the only bands that wave banners like that are bad fucking jokes taking part in some weird modern teddy boy charade.