Coke Bust - Lines In The Sand
Record Label: Six Weeks Records
Release Date: October 2009
If I heard Washington D.C., many things would come to mind. Some things that would come to mind are: the white house, the president, or political scandals. This time though, Washington D.C. relates to something that isn't so corrupt. I refer to the straight edge powerviolence/hardcore band named Coke Bust.
In today's scene there aren't too many hardcore bands left who embrace the speedier aspects of the genre, but Coke Bust definitely makes speed a big part of their music. Drawing comparison to bands like Weekend Nachos and Ceremony, Coke Bust is making a name for themselves in the hardcore scene with their powerviolence sound. Their new LP, Lines In The Sand, is a thrashing and off the walls run through their take on political beliefs and straight edge ideologies. The album has a whopping 17 songs in the course of 17 minutes.
Lines in The Sand is a relentless record. Beginning with "Under The Street lights", a song which is the band's take on organized crime and how it effects society, the album doesn't slow down for one second. Tracks like "Countdown to Death" and "Leave Me Behind" keep the band's beliefs on blast. The production on the record gives it a feel of being made in the early 80's, a plus for any fan of early American hardcore. The throaty screams of their front man, Nick Candela, keeps you feeling the anger and the passion he feels on every song. Speedy guitar riffs and schizophrenic paced drumming keep the songs moving and beat the listener into a frenzied submission. Every song on this album feels like an energy drink, minus the crash. After one listen of this record you will feel drained but it will feel like a worthy listen.
Powerviolence is a genre that isn't heard much anymore because now a lot of bands are just using breakdowns and pig squealing to channel all of their frustration to the listener. Hardcore that embraces the genre of powerviolence is still out there with bands like Outbreak, Punch, and Mind Eraser but bands are becoming fewer and far between. This record is definitely eye opening on the passion of the band and the revival of the powerviolence genre as a sub genre of hardcore. I recommend this record to any fan of hardcore who has open ears and a willingness to check out music outside of their comfort zone.