Sound Formula (Radical Records)
By: Alex Steininger
STRAIGHT FACED serve up quite a mixed bag here. Not mixed in the 'musical variety' sense but mixed in the 'some of this stuff is great and some of this is total crap' sense. S.F. are a pure bred hardcore band with so many NYHC influences that they must be dating Roger Miret. This is both a curse and a blessing. There are a handful of face bashing, chugga-chugga ditties here that are worthy of the legacy they are borrowed from. Simple, raw, aggressive, blue collar, in-your-face-sucka rock 'n' roll that I so dearly love. Unfortunately, there are also a handful (a large handful) of derivative, been-there-done-that rehashes. Tunes that lack originality and do nothing but trod lethargically over a beaten to death path. WARZONE meets AGNOSTIC FRONT meets SICK OF IT ALL creations that lack any of the spark such comparisons suggest. Take this album and trim the fat and you have a masterful 7".
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