Mark Carpowich 1 p.m., Feb. 27
Escape from Mount Island
- Artist: Hostile Comb-Over
- Album released in 2007
- Black Rabbit Rebellion Records
- Genres: Metal | Hardcore, Punk
1) Wound Too Tight
2) Whistle Blower
3) No Mames
4) Our Cons
6) Sink or Swim
8) An Ode
9) Coitus Infirmus
10) Speedy Gone Balless (Pepe Le Pubes)
A lot of metal bands have given in to the belief that the "more crap we can bang on and the more filters and effects we pipe our sound through, the better." Hostile Comb-Over, a three-piece (guitar, bass, and drums) with all three members alternating vocal duties, is no such band.
Hostile Comb-Over covers the metal basics and that's it: thick, almost Primus-like bass lines, rowdy guitar, gunfire drums, and lyrics screamed as loud as possible. Mix it in a bottle, stuff a rag in the hole, light the rag, and throw.
Their music bangs like pots and pans on the ears...metal can grate. But there's a quality to the clarity of focus: they let everything else drop away and make noise that pisses the mainstream off.
The band has refrained from going too far with their heavy sound (say, Norwegian black metal) but at the same time isn't too light and poppy (like Linkin Park). Their approach seems to be, keep it simple and don't go overboard, a philosophy that's worked for dark-horse, out-of-nowhere bands for the past 60 years.
--- Hometown CD Review 6-28-07