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Breather Resist / Suicide Note - Split (Cover Artwork)

Breather Resist / Suicide Note

Breather Resist / Suicide Note: SplitSplit (2004)
Hawthorne Street

Reviewer Rating: 3


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This double disc split from Breather Resist and Suicide Note is a slightly disjointed and all-too-short if not admirable little effort from a pair of rising hardcore outfits, with beautifully thick, colorful digipak artwork courtesy of Ryan Patterson (Black Cross, Christiansen, Hot Cross). Both band.
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This double disc split from Breather Resist and Suicide Note is a slightly disjointed and all-too-short if not admirable little effort from a pair of rising hardcore outfits, with beautifully thick, colorful digipak artwork courtesy of Ryan Patterson (Black Cross, Christiansen, Hot Cross). Both bands get their own CD to show off their talents.

A sound that carries indications of Converge and at times a much toned-down version of early Dillinger, Breather Resist's thrashy, meant-to-be-played-on-repeat numbers sound like they're being improvised, but it works well. "Rock N Mass" and "Bad With Dates" are appropriate, rapid-fire 1-2's that open the disc, while the closer "Working Title" even incorporates some tambourine-shaking, and, while most other bands would automatically alter the personality of a song with such use, the band's dark, haunting vibe stays consistent with the track. My only complaint is that the repetitive albeit rocking finish would probably have been better served by one or two complete songs in its place, as "Working Title" is more than twice as long as either of its other two companion tracks at 5:47, thus killing much of a chance for complete cohesiveness.

Suicide Note brings a much more "rock 'n' roll" vibe than its album-mate with slightly more comprehensive vocals and a more restrained tempo to the songs, sounding like something that wouldn't be far out of place on the No Idea roster. Not too sludgy but hardly clean-sounding with a vocal swagger that's sometimes similar to the 50s-inspired stylings of Lsyzén on the T(I)NC records. I swear, every time i hear him sing the "skull baby!" part in "(Mama Had A) Skull Baby," I'm expecting to hear Dennis follow it up wailing "jail baby jail - we're gonna break out!" The opener "Trigger" features an emotional immediacy to the first verse and a nice, slowed-down bridge under the half-yelled line of "I've waited so long!" (or at least, that's what it sounds like). "How Not To Care" has a morbid church organ that causes swift mood changes with sound-filliing guitars and a modest drum roll. One of their Didjits covers, "Max Wedge," has a cool chant-led chorus of "ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma Max Wedge!" that's just plain fun. They also included a video for "Gag Reflex," which originally appeared on their first full-length You're Not Looking So Good.

Overall, it has little-to-no-flow to it and I probably would've put the 20-minute split onto one album. Then again, I don't run a label. Regardless, Immigrant Sun and Hawthorne Street co-offers us an amiable, quick peek at two up-and-comers that are seemingly more deserving of some attention.

 


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Anonymous (December 22, 2004)

damn, everyone gives this record an average score always. And maybe it does deserve it, but Breather Resist is one of my favorite hardcore bands right now.

sickboi (December 22, 2004)

Damn it! Everytime I see Suicide Note I think they are talking about the Suicide File. That band ruled.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

I like Breather Resist!

SUicide Note USED TO be pretty good. Thier first LP on Ferret was pretty good. The new one and all of the stuff recorded with it (which is on this split) SUCKS!!!

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

At least its a mediocre cover.

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