Kerouac
Cold and Distant, Not Loving


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
September 25th, 2010 | 318 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: if you can’t handle the fists get the fuck outta the pit

Take yourself back to your first pit experience. I’m gonna take a huge leap here and say it was during a fxkin br00tal!11 concert and not some indie gathering. The chaos, intensity and oozing of testicular fortitude were enough to rile the brave boy (‘one’ for all the woman activists out there) inside you. From there you ceased any logical thinking and let the music, and other rowdy sheep, dictate the future. Frightening no doubt for a first time experience but machismo instills a sense of achievement from the event; so when that fist connects with your jaw you’d likely think more fury and less scurry. It’s important to revel in that fateful glory as Kerouac makes you wanna do it all over again.

Now before you go breaking out those Emmure boxing gloves make sure you’ve got some throw away clothing on because Kerouac are filthy, vile, disgusting, nasty, and all the more beautiful because of it. Fusing an unrelenting force of chaos with sleight of hand melody Kerouac are one of the most promising acts revealed this year. Expected from the title of the record, Cold and Distant, Not Loving is dense and unapologetic about it. While a lot of their force is brute and sealed with an iron fist they have a Jekyll and Hyde distinction to them that alters their sound and bite from time to time. This is no more obvious than opener “Heavy Hearted” combining a crushing love of post-metal with trendy tempo intervals. While their aura is guarded make no mistake about it the band is full on hardcore; breaking out dissonance across rampaging bass lines are dropped like hail – nay, meteors, and their heaviness is a tool, not a gimmick, amplifying hallow lines of “IT MAKES ME SHIVER!”.

Their greatest arsenal however is the belligerence. The feeling here is resolute and employed to overcome the listener. There’s no need to convince you because the music feels created as cathartic value. It’s in the way they shift time changes like mood swings allowing no sense of comfortableness. The way there’s no distinction in instruments on occasion because the focus is in maddening the revelations; solidified by song titles, “A Bastard Behind the Eyes”, strengthened in lyricism – hope in our hearts but hate in our lungs, stuck on repeat our words, we become, we’re heavy handed poets, reciting verses that could bleed into one.

There’s only one result when listening to Cold and Distant, something has broken. Whether it’s the computer screen, a door frame or your fist, Kerouac evokes emotions in you suited for one outlet, the pit. It seems childish and unintelligent on paper, but on wax, or .mp3 file, all meaning is grounded. Kerouac have tapped into a source few bands can, like Throats, Converge and Galleons they’re creating havoc because they can.



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fromtheinside
September 25th 2010


19155 Comments


what is it gonna take to get you guys to listen to this? honestly the best thing i've heard all month
- hardcore wise.

http://www.myspace.com/kerouacuk

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cvlts
September 25th 2010


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Don't let the post metal-esque opening track fool you, this shit is as heavy as a motherfucker and pissed off as fuck.

lol pos'd

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 25th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fucking intense(ly awesome). Nice find.


Also can't avoid a band called Kerouac.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2010


7321 Comments


That was one vivid review. Nice.

DiceMan
September 25th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also can't avoid a band called Kerouac.[2]

Surprised you didn't mention where the band name probably comes from. On The Road is an awesome book.

fromtheinside
September 25th 2010


19155 Comments


struggled incorporating him into it
shocking as that may sound.


eternium
September 25th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds pretty awesome.

liledman
September 25th 2010


3826 Comments


just saw the sphincter hoax post, and im pretty tempted.

Captain North
September 26th 2010


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On The Road seems to be the staple read for hardcore bands.

Anyway, I'll check this out.

fromtheinside
September 26th 2010


19155 Comments


kerouac in general i'd say

fromtheinside
September 26th 2010


19155 Comments


also, lyrics can be found here

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=468515149&blogId=525652154

PanasonicYouth
September 26th 2010


7412 Comments


i swear if this isnt awesome i'll rape ya

PanasonicYouth
September 26th 2010


7412 Comments


nvm this is totally awesome

Captain North
September 26th 2010


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty badass.

FelixCulpa
September 26th 2010


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice find. This is excellent.

BigTuna
September 26th 2010


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dis gewd

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fromtheinside
September 26th 2010


19155 Comments


cannot stop listening. vying for hardcore release of the year for me.

Yazz_Flute
September 26th 2010


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

does their band name rhyme with "marowak"?

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fromtheinside
September 27th 2010


19155 Comments


you want this

East Hastings
September 27th 2010


4393 Comments


I listened to it on the day of my birthday party so I wasn't paying attention very much, but what I did hear sounded awesome. Will re-listen this week



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