S.O.S. has been a long time in the making. Featuring Terror’s Scott Vogel on vocals and Nick Jett on drums, Hatebreed bassist Chris Beattie, former Agnostic Front / Madball guitarist Matt Henderson and Sam Trapkin of Trapped Under Ice on guitars. After the idea had been thrown around whilst all the above bands toured together, it is only now that they have found time to record their debut EP, and with such a line up big, expectations are high for this band.
The instrumental ‘Decontrol’ opens the EP and sets the tone for the rest of the EP with a classic old school hardcore riff. Following on from this is the trio of ‘Keep Me Outside’, ‘Part Of The Disease’ and ‘The Hard Truth’ which all fly past in little over four minutes. ‘I Owe You Nothing’ carries on the no nonsense approach before ‘Never A Brother’, which at just over three minutes, is the longest track on the EP, but still keeps up the pace of the earlier songs. The closing track ‘Choking On Dust’ is mid paced until it opens up for the last twenty seconds and it’s all finished a little too quickly.
This EP is exactly what you expect it would be, an old school hardcore release with no frills, no gimmicks, and just seven tracks in eleven minutes. Influences of each of the members bands are apparent, Madball and Terror most of all. The news that the band is definitely looking to tour looks like this could be a side project that could be around for a while. Based on this evidence, it is going to be a tour worth seeing.
In a time when many people are tired of whichever -core is being bandied around at the moment, this has a refreshingly old feel. It has got me digging out my old NYHC albums I haven’t listened to in a while. It’s brought back memories of pits and bruises and brought back a smile.