Hell Night & Sweat Shoppe – Split 7″

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Encapsulated Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album https://www.encapsulatedrecords.com/collections/7-new/products/hell-night-sweat-shoppe-split-7-pre-order
Band Website: Hell Night / Sweat Shoppe

Band line-up:

Hell Night:
Brian Fair – vocals
Andy White – Guitar
Eric Eyster – Bass
Adam Arseneau – Drums

Sweat Shoppe:
Tim Jamison
Justin Haltmar
Gabe Usery
Andrew Brandmeyer

Tracklisting:

1. Hell Night – Unincorporated
2. Hell Night – Overburden
3. Sweat Shoppe – Lost and Mean
4. Sweat Shoppe – Circumstance
5. Sweat Shoppe – Clawing Brain

Review

As always, the USA is giving us a nice healthy dose of angry Punk Rock bands ready to show the world just how angry everyone is, and the city of St Louis, Missouri seems a nice breeding ground as this split album informed me.

This seven inch is a split release from the crusty, metallic group Hell Night, and their more old school sounding comrades, Sweat Shoppe, two Missouri bands who have said fair and square: the people of America are angry.

What a way said bands have taken to say that as well, for the split begins with Hell Night blasting some scratchy power chords and raspy, almost death growled vocals that reminded me of Amebix, the basic metal band who paved the way for heftiness in the punk world not so long ago. ‘Unincorporated’ and ‘Overburden’ are what you would have if a band like Doom went into a high production studio and came back with something catchy as hell and politicised to the core.

On side 2 of this release, things take a bit more of a traditional turn with Sweat Shoppe, a band whom I would compare to Agnostic Front in their early days before breakdowns became the focus of Hardcore music. Each track is less than 2 minutes in length and is played with a bopping groove that will have you thinking of spiky-haired kids pogo-ing angrily in an underground club.

‘Circumstance’ and ‘Clawing Brain’ are nice street punk surfs that belt down the metaphorical sidewalk populated by hundreds of angry young Americans. A fine smash of basic brutality in music.

If you’re into punk that is political and songs that are over before you know it, giving the record lots of replay value, then these lads are what you’re looking for. The US punk scene is ready to be set alight with these audible arsonists holding the tinderbox.

Review by

Demitri Levantis

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