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7" clear vinyl (Robodog Records)

By: Jeb Branin

I've stumbled across a couple reviews of this record and each one left me with the impression that HASSAN I SABBAH was another new-breed screemo band. Now I admit there are elements of that here but for my money there is so much more. First; amongst all the so-called screemo I have heard, none of it has knocked me on my can like this. For most screemo bands the extrems in their sound seem forced and serve no purpose but to counterpoise the requisite introspection, that is not the case on this record. In fact the opposite is true, H.I.S. uses a couple of introspective moments to balance the relentless extreme hardcore. They explode out of the speakers with a flailing hysteria that has moments of ebb but never completely abates. Flavors of D.E.P. abound and there is no shortage of thrash. The unique packaging only makes the record that much more memorable. I'd say the "destined to be a classic" hype that is building about this release if definitely warranted.
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