Narrows
Narrows


4.0
excellent

Review

by FourSquare20 USER (11 Reviews)
November 28th, 2010 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A tantalizingly short EP of quality hardcore.

Narrows is a band comprised of members hailing from groups such as Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, and Unbroken. The member that often elicits the most attention is Dave Verellen of Botch fame. Anyone who has heard his anguished bark knows that he is a formidable vocalist, one that demands a a heavy backdrop on which to wax angrily on various issues. The other members of Narrows meet this challenge head on, assembling 3 startlingly heavy tracks sure to please any hardcore fan.

Narrows opens their self-titled EP with the cleverly named Life Vests Float, Kids Don't. Beginning with a dirty, distorted bass line, Verellen comes in over the top with his raw, bitter vocals, bringing with him buzzing guitars and tenacious drumming. The track ends on a massive breakdown, one that, curiously enough, is cut short for some reason. The next track, Crooked Tongues, opens with a lone guitar, only to be joined by the rest of the band for another exercise in hardcore brutality. While only used once in the song, Verellen employs a stutter effect more commonly heard in electronic music on his vocals. This slight change up really adds to the track, giving Crooked Tongues an identity of its own. This song, like opening number Life Vests.. also utilizes an immense breakdown to wrap things up. The third and final track, The Touch Test, is more subdued when compared to the two previous cuts of hardcore. While yes, it is indeed subdued, that doesn't mean that it isn't still heavy. The Touch Test is merely a slower, more atmospheric number, one that concludes this 10 minute EP quite nicely.

While the guitar, bass, and drum work on this concise EP are all of high caliber, the thing that really earns Narrows such a high rating is the vocal presence of Dave Verellen. His vocals are horrible in the most enjoyable of ways, sounding like the berserk yells of one who is in the throes of maniacal anger. This laudable performance really separates Narrows from other hardcore bands, making their debut EP more enjoyable and more memorable. Essentially, these guys just sound more pissed off than lots of other guys making the same kind of music. If you're looking for pure, unadulterated aggression, look no further. Narrows has it by the boatload.



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4strings
November 28th 2010


27 Comments


good review, i need some more hardcore

the37er
November 28th 2010


86 Comments


cuntcore lets fuck

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2010


17225 Comments


you should score their split with Heiress. the song Recurring is one of the best songs Dave has ever sung on (botch included)

FourSquare20
November 28th 2010


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, I should probably check that out haha. This EP is all the Narrows I have.

HighandDriving
November 29th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya, Recurring may be Narrows' best song. Get at their full length and split asap.

FourSquare20
November 29th 2010


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got their split. Must say I enjoyed this EP more. I'm sure I'll check out the full length soon enough.

omgbecky
May 14th 2013


334 Comments


Geeking out over this!



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