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Outclassed - This Might Be Coincidence... [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Outclassed

Outclassed: This Might Be Coincidence... [12 inch]This Might Be Coincidence... [12 inch] (2009)
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Frenetic, mathy hardcore can be a fickle mistress. Carefully balancing technicality with listenablity is a task for which most bands unfortunately are just not cut out. Fortunately for all of us, Pittsburgh, PA quintet Outclassed pull it off rather well on their EP, This Might Be Coincidence.... .


Frenetic, mathy hardcore can be a fickle mistress. Carefully balancing technicality with listenablity is a task for which most bands unfortunately are just not cut out. Fortunately for all of us, Pittsburgh, PA quintet Outclassed pull it off rather well on their EP, This Might Be Coincidence....

Raw energy just permeates from each song on this release, and opener "Kick God in the Face, Hail Satan" is the proverbial table-setter, combining impressive musicianship with a sense of organized chaos -- a sound that, at times, makes you wonder if even the band themselves know what's coming next. Throaty vocals and interesting drum fills abound.

If anyone remembers Sex Positions, one listen to "The Amputeed Hand Book" ought to conjure up memories of that great band. The song takes things into even more disjointed territory, with drums pounding and crashing before delving into a jazzy interlude that, yes, is a little Dillinger Escape Plan-esque. Two name-drops in one sentence, I know, but that's what I hear when I listen to this.

"Hey Dudes, Stop Wreckin All the Bikes!" is a shorter, more urgent affair, rife with machine-gun drum fills and driving guitar parts, completed with some downright scathing dual vocals. Cymbals crash seemingly every second in "Truck Mark," but surprisingly the song never sounds too busy; the slughtly more subdued interludes found in the song surely help this.

This Might Be Coincidence... comes to a close with "Missing Teeth," and it's an appropriate choice. The song's foundation is more straightforward and melodic than anything else here, but on top of said foundation there's quite a bit of screaming that when paired with dramatic start-stop instrumentation sounds quite impressive. The song ends with a shoutalong drenched in feedback that's a strong way to close the EP.

Anyone in the mood for some energetic, proficient, intelligent hardcore would be well-served to give This Could Be Coincidence... a spin.

 

 
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markbr28 (March 26, 2009)

the guys in outclassed are seriously some of the best dudes i've had the fortune of getting to know, and they definitely have an intriguing sound. i would say organized chaos is a pretty accurate description of what they do. at any given point there's so much going in the song, especially with 2 bassists on this record.

bobthesalesclerk (February 27, 2009)

Hey dudes...this is Zach from this band. If any of you dudes do pick up the record cool...it's got some awesome packaging...if you want to hear it though it's on soulseek...just share that shit!

Thanks for the kind words friends.

matattack (February 6, 2009)

amazing live show!!

xote (February 5, 2009)

1994! is awesome!

jamalxbearings (February 4, 2009)

These guys played down here not too long ago as well.

diplodocuscore (February 3, 2009)

these guys played my buddy james' house with another awesome pennsylvania band, 1994! 2 months ago. picked this up and it really is fucking awesome. i think it's worth mentioning that this band has 2 bassists, which was fucking awesome live. also, the presentation of this record is amazing, really nice gatefold cover, with a CDr copy stuck in a little slot, and on one sided white vinyl. i don't know about yours but the copies they had on tour included a high quality, black and white glossy print of bassist jon's school picture when he was 16. partied with them afterwards, amazing dudes, crazy energy live, check it out.

xote (February 3, 2009)

Yeah I wouldnt really say this is too mathy and not really similar to DEP or Sex Positions. But I don't mean that in a bad way some people may agree with you.

This band is awesome. Straight up raw punk/hardcore with a kinda screamo feel.

sugarfull (February 3, 2009)

This is pretty good.

inagreendase (February 3, 2009)

gd skrmz

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