The Pitch: Punchy, metallic hardcore/mathcore from Earth Groans via Solid State. FFO: Converge, Ion Dissonance, Trap Them
What I Like: Okay, okay, we GET it....Flight likes metallic hardcore. Yeah. Sorry, not sorry, I really do. Get used to it. And South Dakota's Earth Groans bring it HARD. With a digitized, panicky guitar approach reminiscent of iwrestledabearonce and Yüth Forever, this 5 song EP is the gift that keeps on riffing. Between the crunchy grooves and sudden eruptions of "WHEEEEEHHH!," you really can't ask for more. If you spent half of your adolescence listening to Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch, this is definitely the album for you. The band describe themselves as "aggressive music for passionate people," and that's exactly what you're going to get. Loud, violent, fun. Furthermore, the production is rock solid. I can really feel each abrasive scream come through as if the band is right in the room with me.
Critiques: With the excitement of groups like Car Bomb, Code Orange, and Vein all dropping a little more of a unique edge on the genre, this can't quite compete. Even so, Rahab is top notch at what it does.
The Verdict: Rahab is a fu#$ing killer EP that, to steal Christian's favorite phrase, "slaps hard." While there isn't much here to work with in terms of new ideas, the impact is focused and concentrated enough to get me excited for more. I will be keeping the name Earth Groans on the radar in the future for sure. Now excuse me while I jam this for the 20th time.
Flight's Fav's: Reign, Avarice, By Faith
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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