"No Compromise" (Metal Blade; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Earnest Massachusetts-based hardcore roaddogs Since the Flood take to heart the blend of compressed aggression made popular today, by bands like Hatebreed, across the entire span of "No Compromise."

This 12-track chest-thumper also recalls bits of NYHC stalwarts like Madball and Killing Time, especially when slugging it out on cuts like "Everything to Lose," while "Gone Tomorrow" effectively resonates the Merauder-esque mayhem of old, the speed of Sick of it All and the power of Terror all of which collide on what becomes "At the End.".

Far from groundbreaking, this quintet's lacking of a strong sense of identity hurts them immensely here. "No Compromise" focuses solely on bashing in skulls, leaving a trail of blood and bones behind with little else left to gnaw on for later.

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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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