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Forfeit - The Lower Depths [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Forfeit

Forfeit: The Lower Depths [12 inch]The Lower Depths [12 inch] (2009)
Reaper Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: mikexdudemikexdude
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"Tough-guy" hardcore is the most futile style for me to even attempt to formulate any sort of premise to. There is no "fence"; you either like it or you don't. My pointless musical jargon and ramblings aren't going to change your mind to whether that pummeling, dropped-tuned riff gets your adrenalin.
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"Tough-guy" hardcore is the most futile style for me to even attempt to formulate any sort of premise to. There is no "fence"; you either like it or you don't. My pointless musical jargon and ramblings aren't going to change your mind to whether that pummeling, dropped-tuned riff gets your adrenaline pumping, or whether it makes you nauseated. So should you even bother purchasing Forfeit's The Lower Depths? Refer to sentence two.

Good, so are we now on the same page?

For those like me who enjoy this brand of hardcore but don't necessarily "live it," catchy rhythms are essential. While the fast parts leave a little to be desired (one of my biggest qualms with this style), the slow groove parts are substantial, crushing and welcoming of many head-bobs. It isn't that the fast parts are poorly written--Forfeit just seems to be going through the motions. Vocally, it's pretty low and guttural, with the occasional melody peaking out. "Treading Water II" not only sounds like a Metallica song title, but consists of some pretty heavy James Hetfield growls.

The Lower Depths really shines at half its speed. For anyone who enjoys New York-style hardcore directly from the source, you could do yourself a service by checking this out.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
mikexdude (March 2, 2010)

jake358. I forgot the numbers, sorry.

jake358 (March 1, 2010)

my name isn't jake

mikexdude (February 27, 2010)

Oh Jake, your comments are so cute.

jake358 (February 27, 2010)

oh my god. every once in a while I read a review of yours like this. you need to shut up about the "tough guy" hardcore nonsense. this is not a "tough guy" hardcore band by any means. stop making it seem like that style is so taboo. just review the goddamn record instead of talking about how "tough guy" hardcore isn't accepted by some

slowstupidhungry (February 26, 2010)

"There is no ‚??fence‚?Ě; you either like it or you don‚??t."

Or you would just rather listen to the metal bands they cop all their riffs from.

GlassPipeMurder (February 26, 2010)

i haven't heard this but saw them live and enjoyed it. i thought they had kind of an interesting take on heavy hardcore. plus they wore Hawaiian shirts and seemed like pretty down to earth dudes.

preston (February 26, 2010)

The cover looks as if Gustav Dore and Georgia O'Keefe did a collaboration.

brown (February 26, 2010)

I've been jamming this. It's cool. I think we're on the same page when it comes to bands like this, mikeyboy

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