Review: In the Act of Violence – Supreme Hate EP

Hardcore is one of those umbrella terms in music. You think you know what to expect, but then you throw on an album and you’re left surprised. Whether this surprise is good or bad depends on the band and your tastes. Of course, when it comes to Canada’s In the Act of Violence it’s a good kind of surprise.

‘Emerald City’ kicks this extended play off with 35 seconds of media clips from the reporting on the death of Kurt Cobain. The reporter’s voice soon warps and we’re introduced to a snarling riff before diving head first into a sludgy, heavy tune. Vocalist Kenny C. brings some deep, manly growls into this track and is backed by crushingly hard hitting drums, and chugging, technical riffs. This track hits like a jack hammer at times and sinks right down to your soul with lyrics touching on Nirvana and Cobain’s legacy.

After the beat down that was ‘Emerald City’ we’re taken to a whole new realm with ‘Glamour Kills.’ Taking a much more metalcore approach, this track drops the chugging riffs for much of the track for a bit more speed and wailing leads. The constant tap of the double bass pedal feels like a heart beat in your ears while the clean vocals that shine through the darkness give a glimpse of soul. Overall, this is a much more melodic tune that hits hard but not as hard as ‘Emerald City.’ Simply put, this track stands on its own in many ways and is a solid second track.

The final track on the EP, ‘Sick Inside,’ takes everything that made the first two tracks and puts them together for good measure. Chunky riffs, precision use of clean vocals, and technically impressive fret work make for a killer track. The introduction of rap-like clean vocals is an interesting inclusion but it works extremely well. All in all, this track is hardcore through and through. It’s got some serious attitude and will send you charging into the mosh pit.

With just three tracks that combine to just over ten minutes of music I’m left wanting, and that’s a good thing. In the Act of Violence laid down some punishing riffs and beats on this release and Kenny C’s aggressive vocals gave the music some serious attitude. Of course, I have to be honest here; this extended play is lacking a bit in terms of versatility. The occasional use of clean vocals was a step in the right direction, but it was underutilized, the same could be said of the lead guitar. Beyond that, this was a solid first offering and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on their follow up, which comes out August 18th, 2016. 8/10

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