A horrible hack

Seven Days of Samsara - Akarso


Year Released: 2002
Format: 7"
Label: Ricky Schroeder Fan Club
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Super nice little split here in a sleeve apparently made out of a rehashed priority mail envelope, combined with things glued on and some nice little photocopied pages with band photos on. Swell.

Seven Days of Samsara are first up to bat, with a song that I was initially unimpressed with but has since grown on me a lot. It leads us in with a nice arpeggiated guitar part that runs throughout the song, even as it is accompanied by well-controlled guitar crashes and drumwork before launching into hefty metal-influenced hardcore that's somewhere between Tragedy and Botch. Throaty vocals give voice to an angry ode about how shit most of us are by emblazoning our clothes, bags and whatnot with buttons, patches and stickers whilst doing fuck all to back up the righteous slogans.

Akarso on the flipside are a whole different kettle of fish. They're taut and angular, playing a precise brand of music flitting between math rock and emo, like Shotmaker or the Red Scare albeit without the heavy groove those bands managed to latch onto. Still, it's a great skronking noise that should have you shaking your moneymaker in ungainly fashion.

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