Hardcore punks Cro-Mags recently returned rather majestically with ‘In The Beginning’ back in June, the band’s first record in two decades but maybe they should’ve kept that as the only release for the year.
‘2020’, which also miraculously happens to clocks in at 20 minutes and 20 seconds, is a collection of five ferocious new songs all about this nightmare of a year. Everything sucks, everything has come to an immediate stop, and music has suffered endlessly. A lot of bands have released tracks birthed from the anger and frustration quarantine has brought along with it, and a lot of it has been great… but some of it could’ve stayed in the studio.
Now, that’s not to say that all of ‘2020’ is necessarily bad, but it definitely doesn’t stand its own in between everything that’s been released. There’s energy, power, stunning guitar riffs and solos, and plenty of blast beats. ‘Age Of Quarantine’ has a decent start, but it goes on for a little too long. The EP’s title-track presents great tempo, but the vocals drown in the mix, and the guitars squeal too loudly over the rest of it. This back and forth of good and bad drags on until the end of the instrumental outro, ‘Cro-Fusion’.
‘2020’ is an enjoyable listen at times, but it also might disappear from your memory after another 20 minutes and 20 seconds.