Tuesday, September 9

Rochester Hardcore from Sakes Alive!!

This review appears on Delusions of Adequacy

Sakes Alvie!!
Album: Act 1
Myspace: Sakes Alive!!

Comments: Rochester NY's Sakes Alive!! may not be reinventing the wheel, but their blend of Kid Dynamite-meets-Paint it Black hardcore, given life by the guttural snarls of lead singer Chris Vandeviver, gives credence to the old saying “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.” Their second EP, Act 1, is only three songs long, clocking in at just under seven minutes total run time, but that's more than enough time for the band to tear your face off and kill your dog.

“I'm Religious” sets the EP's tone with its air-tight rhythms and almost metal-like guitar riffing, all while Vandeviver howls with a madman intensity usually reserved for the criminally insane. Things proceed quickly and with little change. “Relax” and “Staff Meeting” make up the other 2/3rds of the release, and they are just as unrelenting as “I'm Religious.”

It would be nice to hear some more songs, and the breakneck speed of the recording leaves questions about the band's ability to maintain over the course of an entire album; it's almost impossible to imagine a whole LP's worth of songs this tough. And while some might knock the band for their rather obvious Dan Yemin influence, the songs are good enough to stand on their own.

As is it, Act 1 is a too-short blast of top-notch hardcore that will raise a few eyebrows and inspire a few circle-pits around the punk scene. Well done, Sakes Alive!!, now give us a full length.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Key Tracks: There are only three songs man, what's the point?

Buy, Steal, Skip: Buy

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