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Murder Weapon: Nervous WreckNervous Wreck (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Ever play the ďjudge a band by its nameĒ game? Iíve been doing this since I really got into underground music, way back when, and I think Iíve become fairly adept in terms of my guessing skills. For every band Iím wrong on, thereís a band like Murder Weapon. This EP didnít even need to come with a press release, I knew what I was getting into from the moment I saw the front cover,
Murder Weapon is a hardcore band out of Richmond, Virginia; they play a mix of old school and modern hardcore. Iíd be lying to you if I said this was groundbreaking or amazingly original in any way, but when a band is good at what they do that doesnít really hinder them. This short EP seems to be heavily influenced by New York style hardcore. For a band that isnít from the area, Murder Weapon pulls this style off rather well. So well in fact, that at times Iím even reminded a little of Sick of it All. They also have some similarities to the older material of fellow ďWe arenít from New York, but we wish we wereĒ band Where Fear And Weapons Meet.
As I said earlier, this thing is short; it flies by in around 10 minutes (7 songs). But I think thatís a good thing for bands like this, considering there isnít a whole lot of variation here, going for longer songs would risk losing the listenerís attention. The lyrics are basically what youíd expect, mainly dealing with things such as lost friendships. ďJust face it, youíre faceless, our time spent was wasted, youíre not a friend, just a foe.Ē Itís not thought provoking, it isnít deep, but that wonít stop it from inspiring lots of finger pointing and shouting at shows.
This is just what youíd expect from a hardcore band. Everything is how it should, thereís a place for everything and everything in its place, etc. but that doesnít make this a poor a release. Fans of hardcore, new or old are probably going to dig this one. I can imagine that this stuff would work really well live, as all the songs have a sort of sing-a-long atmosphere to them. Even as everything is divided into a million genres and categorized ad-nauseam, Murder Weapon can easily be called hardcore and thatís it.
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