Hail the New Pawn
(Escape Artist Records) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 Brutal Hardcore! The first thing to be noticed is that while there are 11 songs, the CD is divided into 99 tracks, with the first song labeled as track 1, the second as track 5, and then in increments of 10 thereafter. This may have been done to discourage people from putting their material on the internet , but I digress. The Dream is Dead provides no-holds barred hardcore. And i mean vicious - often venturning into grindcore territiory. Fast marches give way to intense grinds, then hard-core breakdowns, or in any possible order, with hardcore shouting all the while. The riffing is a mixture of power chords, muted notes, single note lines , and the very caustic "jazz" chords that sound reminiscent of The Dillinger Escape Plan.
"The Dream is Dead" was produced by Alex Newport, which if memory serves correctly, was the partner in crime of Max Cavalera in Nailbomb. "Hail the New Pawn" is easily one of the most "pissed-off " records I've heard. It is saturated with angst, in the music and lyrical content, like a wake up call to what is going on in the world. This is a must for hardcore fans, or anyone who likes music that is extremely volatile.