A horrible hack

The Rival Mob

Mob Justice

Year Released: 2013
Format: LP
Label: Deathwish
Reviewed by Joe Caithness on Apr 10, 2013
I really wanted to like this. It's almost spring and I needed some new straight up hardcore to rage around town to. I was well aware that this was cheesy and anthemic by design, but this just didn't did engage my mosh gland from the word go if I'm honest. It's not bad, it's just a bit beige. It sounds produced to the point where I guess they wanted "punchy", but actually came out with something quite restrained, just like a lot of the late 80s hardcore punk bands from NYC (area) they musically reference. They seem keen to get the 2stepping chug out section in pretty much every song on this record, and don't get me wrong, they are good at those bits, but where is the rage? They seem less interesting in bashing stuff, and more interested in being very tight and controlled. I just need hardcore to make me wanna kill stuff, this is far too "sit down and listen" friendly.

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