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Ready Resist - Black Box Poetry
Underground band worth rocking!
Kirby Ryan - Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Website: Ready Resist Myspace
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About six months ago, before leaving for a five week holiday overseas, I got a surprise parting gift: the opportunity to check out this incredible quintet and pick up their equally awesome release “Black Box Poetry” which I listened to constantly on the road.
Phoenix, Arizona ensemble Ready Resist play crunchy metallic hardcore filled with punk attitude- rooted in 80’s rage, 90’s focus and just enough new millennium influence to get the youngbloods attention. Over the course of four tracks they pack in a massive punch of powerful lyrics, catchy riffs and superb songwriting.
Opener “Work Will Set You Free” kicks off with percussive pop reminiscent of the Trial classic “Reflections” before hitting full speed ahead as equally quick as that “Are These Our Lives?” cut. Really dig the drums on this one, as well as the guest spot from Drew Wilkinson. Add in the killer outro and it’s sure to make this a favorite live.
“Sweet Dreams” is an absolutely harrowing personal account of rape. I don’t even know what to say about this track; it just gets under your skin and stays there. Anguish and hurt is embedded in every syllable and the instrumental accompaniment does it’s damndest to convey the damage done and the darkness everlasting.
“Burn Bright, Burn Fast” is the lone holdover from their excellent demo. Bludgeoning beats are joined by bone rattling bass, groove heavy guitars and soul searing vocals. The melodic lead that kicks in at about 1:55 is one of my favorite bits I’ve heard in the last couple years on any record; gives me chills.
“Remnants of War” has a midsection bursting with rock n’ roll belly fire that lights up an already killer entry sure to have fans of The Suicide File and Bars moving in no time.
The tunes are all masterfully recorded by Landmine Marathon axeman/ ICanSmellYourBrains own Ryan Butler who offers clean, crisp audio while maintaining all the anger and aggression Ready Resist serves up in spades.
Erin Peters creates a sharp and clever package design with nice inserts from Eric Freedman; this was a limited release so hopefully if it’s repressed, they will keep the original layout.
Overall, Ready Resist has taken some of the best elements of groups like Adamantium, Turmoil, Reach the Sky and Countervail (probably the most underrated hardcore band to have emerged in the last decade) and added their own style & energy. Joining the ranks of established active AZ acts like Run with the Hunted and Red Son, Ready Resist deserves the praise of both its Grand Canyon State compatriots and hopefully the attention of the worldwide scene.
Heavy music makes the evil come around!