"What Doesn't Kill Me" (Self-released; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Long Island hardcore punkers What Doesn't Kill Me play as blindingly fast as a grindcore band and vocally (thanks to some blood-curdling metal screams) come off as angry as a pack of wild dogs, so it's no surprise that this totally DIY nine-track affair contains an immense amount of underground charm.

Add in a need for speed, a discernible love for chaos, and a tip of the hat to the old school non-fashioncore style that propels cuts like "Me Vs. Man" and "Both Feet in the Grave," and you can almost feel the elbows crash into the back of your neck from the uncontrollable pit war.

Volatile and visceral, "What Doesn't Kill Me" delivers an unapologetic kick to the teeth with this eponymous release.

For more information, check out www.myspace.com/whatdoesntkillme.

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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