Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Review: Mistletoe - demo

Label: self-released

Released: 2007

Syracuse's Mistletoe plays some wild punk rock. It's not quite focused though. "Ghost Relatives" leans toward churning hardcore, "Poor Timing" toward angular Fugazi-influenced post-hardcore and "Stop Growing Up" toward the gritty rootsiness of Avail. Still, they do manage to find the commonality in all of that to make up their sound. That mixes with a great ability to throw change-ups in both tempo and heaviness and an innate sense of just how much noise will convey their passion without straying into chaos. All in all, this demo is a very promising start and it's worth hearing. Even more so, it makes Mistletoe a band to keep an eye on.

Satriani: 6/10
Zappa: 6/10
Dylan: 6/10
Aretha: 7/10
Overall: 7/10


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