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Pray For Death (Victory Records)

By: Jeb Branin

I've learned that HOODS is not a band to be overlooked or dismissed as generic tough-guy moshcore. Yes, their music is anvil heavy Victory style metalcore and, yes, they are about as explosive as a supernova, but they are not derivative or simplistic. Embedded in their throbbing breakdowns and chugga-chugga riffing is some disturbingly passionate exploration of personal pain and self-loathing. HOODS realize that they don't have to be trapped by the confines of their chosen hardcore sub-genre. The lyrics on "Pray For Death" are angrier and far more bitter than "Time? the Destroyer" and thus have more of a tendency to over-simplify ("Lies" or "5455") but at the same time there is some serious personal and social deconstruction ("John and Kitty" or "Heroin Sick"). It may not be Shakespeare, but it certainly isn't HATEBREED either.
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