Monday, June 29, 2009

CHAINMAIL: Losing Sleep - Jam Damage (self-released, 2009)

The CHAINMAIL section reviews bands that were proactive enough to contact me directly. Here at Cerebral Metalhead, initiative is rewarded.

I was in a really great mood tonight. I ate a delicious brunch with a good friend, finished a bunch of reviews, had a nice long workout at the gym. Talked to momma Rosenbloom for a bit and downed a mighty fine glass of sipping bourbon after a healthy dinner. Then I listened to Jam Damage. Nothing like a pissed-off hardcore record to ruin the good vibes. Thanks a lot, assholes. 

"Day & Age"


No, I really mean it -- thanks a lot, assholes! This measly EP from Arkansas's Losing Sleep compresses more anger into its ten minutes than I've expended in my entire lifetime. Converge and His Hero Is Gone licks smear into sub-two-minute blasts of D-beats and acidic open chords. The scabby death-punk jolts of "Day & Age" and "Gnashville" shoot testosterone into my eyeballs. Even the gang vocals are monstrous.  The moody slow intro to "Stroke Eye" opens up space for the "singer" to belch forth plumes of hate. Elsewhere, he splits the difference between Jacob Bannon and the sound it makes when you pound your fist into raw steak as hard as possible. Total splatter (note to self: put on hazmat suit before listening next time). Losing sleep? No shit. I'm too fucking amped to go to bed. Anyone wanna get punched right now? Anyone?

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