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Hot Water Music
The New What's Next (Epitaph Records)

By: Mike SOS

Hot Water Music is a band at a crossroads of sorts. Having been around for a while (this is the Florida quartet's ninth full length), do they appease the hardcore fan by rewriting past gems, or do they follow their guts and write as they feel? A tricky, and sometimes fatal position to be put in for any musician, HWM decide to dabble a bit in both of The New What's Next. Songs like "Ink and Lead" show a more subdued, even mature side to the powerful punk band, while the usual urgent guitars still ring loud and clear on tracks like "All Heads Down" and "This Early Grave", while the tense rocker "The End of the Line" unleashes off the venom of past releases. Yet, the difference is that now, Hot Water Music is a band with over a decade of the hardcore life under its belt, and is well-equipped to sing about it in a way that packs in both wisdom and angst.
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