HARDCORE WARRIOR

"Quick Decision to Die" (Self-produced; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

It features some of the worst production I've ever heard but "Quick Decision to Die" is still a compelling collection of five bizarre songs that will hold your attention throughout although, admittedly, one of your eyebrows will no doubt be higher than the other throughout the entire experience.

The almost (if not completely) single-handed creation of guitarist/vocalist Justin Weaver, "Quick Decision to Die" was obviously recorded in a kitchen or garage, and features no drums or bass, as near as I can tell. Instead, it's just good ol' Justin, wailing along on his guitar and screaming some aggressive lyrics in a pitch that will undoubtedly leave his throat bloody.

I use the word "wailing" above because "shredding" doesn't begin to describe what Justin does to his guitar. There is an element of control to the music on "Quick Decision to Die," but only barely. Strangely, that's one of the things that makes it so fascinating.

This CD and the music it contains aren't for everybody. In fact, it's a little disturbing and even a tiny bit frightening (I got goose bumps more than once during one of Justin's blood-curdling screams). Still, if a band as chaotic as Destroyer Destroyer can get a record deal, I'm thinking there's one lurking just around the corner for the madness that is Hardcore Warrior's "Quick Decision to Die."

Hardcore Warrior: Justin Weaver - vocals, guitar.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/hardcorewarrior.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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