The Exploder - Cut the Cord CDEP
This band released a great CD last year on this label, so I was totally
excited to hear that they had a new record out. I got the last CD on my
final day of school last year and I proceeded to listen to it all summer.
The second song graced a few mixtapes, as well. Enough. I should give you
a little background, no? This band is from the east coast, land of 400
Years, the Sleepytime Trio, and Engine Down. The Exploder could play with
any one of those bands in fit in quite nicely. If you've heard any of those
fine rock machines you know where the Exploder is coming from. If
not...#1) shame on you and #2) they're what people typically call "screamo."
That completely stupid term means, basically, that they play hard, fast,
driving, "emo-based" music with the vocals typically screamed or shouted.
I'm not a fan of the term, but you know, I'll use it for review purposes. It
should also be noted that this EP is much less abrasive and harsh than the
last CD. No, that's not a bad thing, and can usually be attributed to the
dreadful term "maturation," but I find myself more inclined to listen to the
last album. Don't get me wrong though, this EP can more than stand on it's
own two feet and rocks pretty damn hard in spots. It's just not quite as
harsh as the last. This is definitely a release to pick up if you are a fan
of any of the aforementioned bands and be sure to watch out for their
upcoming split 12" with Griver. This record has been in the works for a long
long time now and contains some older material, probably closer to the stuff
on the last CD I'd wager. I like this band a lot and recommend anything and
everything they've done so far.
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