Apparently not content with fronting The Fever 333, one of the most talked about bands of the moment, former letlive. vocalist Jason Butler has gone and joined another project. He’s now fronting hardcore punk five-piece Pressure Cracks, which also features ex-members of Californian metalcore outfit, Scars Of Tomorrow.
If you’d been thirsting for something a little bit heavier than ‘Made An America’ had to offer, it might be worth getting your teeth into their self-titled EP.
It starts off with ‘Collages & Collagen’, and it’s instantly clear that this band aren’t here to mess around. After a few seconds of feedback, the rolling drums from Bill Galvin kick in, as does Butler‘s unmistakeable scream. The brief spoken word interludes break it up a little, but for the most part, it’s simply a mosh-worthy track packed with ‘bleughs’, breakdowns, and blistering riffs, and it’s heavier than anything even letlive. managed to conjure up.
Lead single ‘Be A Wolf’ is up next, and it’s more of the same in terms of throwdownability (is that a word? It is now). It’s gritty, infectious, and straight to the point, with Butler screaming “They don’t know shit” over thunderous riffs from Dan Bieranowski and Kevin Fifield. The track oozes palpable anger, and if this doesn’t get you flipping tables, nothing will.
There’s a metallic edge on ‘Stay Inside, Stay Alive’, as well as some clean vocals from Cameron Miller of Seizures fame, and it’s a change in tack from the first two songs.
Closer ‘No Yourself’ intersperses silky melodic parts with gang chants and breakdowns in a frenetic whirlwind that, in a live capacity, would make for nothing short of chaos.
This is four tracks of absolute mayhem. Butler is still one of the most distinct vocalists out there, and his trademark screech is as furious as ever. Pressure Cracks doesn’t really break any new ground as his previous projects have, but maybe it doesn’t need to.
If you’re after some filthy, groove laden hardcore that’s heavier than a monster truck made of osmium, then this could be just what you’re looking for.