The Pitch: A new 6 song EP from Good Fight‘s own hardcore/mathcore band Vile Ones, featuring Oh Sleeper vocalist Micah Kinard and ex-Scarlet members Randy Vanderbilt and Andreas Magnusson. FFO: The Armed, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Yüth Forever
What I Like: Ya’ll should know I jump at any opportunity to share a little mathcore, especially when it’s as fun and energetic as Vile Ones. Teeth incorporates much of the jazzy guitar noodling of The Dillinger Escape Plan, but in between finds plenty of room to craft its own sound. Kinard describes the band as “an outlet for all of us to write untethered to trends, concepts, or styles,” and this rings true as I play through these six noisey, somewhat experimental tracks. Riffs are all over the place, from the somewhat Every Time I Die Southern flair of “Dantzig 1808” to the more industrialized noise oscillations of “Mad Man.” Every song is top notch, doing something different each time while delivering a unifying sense of rebellion largely thanks to the Micah’s always acerbic vocalizations.
Critiques: I don’t have any specific complaints on this one. It’s not a 10, as there is still plenty here that has been done before. Even so they have managed to put together something more unique than most.
The Verdict: Teeth is a consistently heavy and enjoyable EP from a band highly proficient with their instruments and unafraid to push the envelope. Vile Ones take all of my favorite elements from mathcore releases over the years and Frankenstein them into a release that is fresh and engaging from start to finish.
Flight’s Fav’s: A Drink With ML Crassus, Dantzig 1808, Mad Man