"With a Brick" (Thorp; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The big news about "With a Brick" is that Craig and Pete from Sick of It All guest on five of the ten tracks. While it’s a safe assumption that the SOIA portion of the disc is the better half, the group, rounded out by members of Maximum Penalty, Killing Time, and Chronic Fear garnishes some merit of their own.

From the old school intro that flips right into the beatdown ready “Dismay” to the purposely CBGB matinee guitar chugging on “Lies,” the music on "With a Brick" seethes with rage, but the lyrics seem a bit out of step and almost embarrassing for seasoned hardcore vets as these. For example, “With a Brick” describes ... well, hitting someone in the face with a “fucking brick.” Don’t guys in their late 30s and beyond ever shed that tough guy mentality? 

Despite the questionable lyrical content, the bombastic hardcore beneath it all emits straight-up NYC aggression, and if you can get past the somewhat juvenile lyrics, Ironbound NYC may just find you picking up change in one of their pits.

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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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