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The Dead Hate The Living
Shock and Awe (Hyper Realist)

By: Jeb Branin

The dead may or may not really hate the living, but you can rest assured that fans of extreme hardcore probably won't hate Shock and Awe. THE DEAD HATE THE LIVING unfurls a banner of neo-metalcore by way of grindcore by way of the Robotic Empire sound. This CD takes hyperactive thrash and merges it with a quirky sense of melody. If hardcore thrash can be argued to be moving into a postmodernist phase, then THE DEAD HATE THE LIVING is perhaps a solid example of that migration. Occasionally the CD gets bogged down in what might best be described as screamo (e.g. "Pale for Weariness") but it isn't too distracting and frankly they even do that sound well. My biggest complaint is that the art inside the CD booklet is better than the cover art.
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