"Keeping Promises" (Noisehead; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Austrian hardcore troupe Misbegotten sure have boned up on their NYHC chops on this veteran act's latest disc, the 10-track "Keeping Promises." 

Sounding like the bastard spawn of Agnostic Front and Madball with an abundance of Hatebreed thrown in for good measure, Misbegotten's neck-snapping crunch is terribly unoriginal, and a bit dated at that, but it still packs a potent punch akin to a strong shot to the gut on cuts like "Make This Last" and "Brave New World."

Add in a pinch of groove-laden Bay Area thrash metal a la Machine Head and a touch of Swedish metal ("Thorns Grow Between Us") churned into the mix and the results lend to a crushing yet far from groundbreaking affair whose gruff screams, thick riffs, and pounding rhythms are well executed but have the heard it all before vibe reverberated throughout.

For more information, check out http://www.misbegotten.net

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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