Cementing The Seams

The Plot Sickens


I've probably heard this record as much or more than any other this year (probably not actually) but never intentionally.  My girlfriend played it for me as many times as I can count, and she was onto something.  Totally catchy indie-pop, a lot of memorable songs, utterly unboring.  This band used to be called The Jakes but for some reason decided to change their name from something lame to something totally inexplicable.  I've realized that I hate comparing bands to other bands unless the resemblence is completely obvious to me, which is to say, I can't really think of a band to compare Young The Giant to.  I'm certain it can be done, it's not really groundbreaking stuff here, just better than most.

I don't know why it took me so long to listen to this.  More crusty hardcore in the vein of Alpinist (they are actually recording a split together soon I guess).  Sorry these posts are sorta one-track and way behind but I've been playing catch-up due to unreliable internet and more unreliable laptop.

Buy it from Halo Of Flies

Chicago hardcore band Like Rats follow up to 2009's stellar demo EP with 5 more near-perfect crust-influenced punk rock  Their metal roots are a bit more exposed this time which makes for some immense riffs.  Whatever.  Just trust me.  You want this.

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So now that we all know that I was serious I'll just quit apologizing and get on with it.

There probably isn't a lot I can say about this record that hasn't already been said.  You've probably heard it and if not you've surely heard of it. AND IF NOT, well then you are in for a treat.  Earlier this year (in like September or something) German crust dudes Alpinist released their second full length LP, the much anticipated follow up to "Minus.Mensch" (probably the best record of 2009), called "Lichtlaerm" which means something in German duh.  This was easily my most anticipated record of the year unless I said that before (maybe about Dolcim) and damn did it live up to my expectations.  Is it as good as the first one? Probably.  Do I like it as much? Easily.  Are Alpinist my favorite hardcore band? Most definitely.  Unless I already said that (maybe about Loma Prieta).

Alpinist on myspace

Buy it.

Get it.