Escalator
Demo


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
December 29th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the audio equivalent of getting curb-stomped

Four tracks and less than ten minutes long, listening to Escalator's sole demo is comparable to getting into a bar fight in a pub filled with Hell's Angels; sloppy, filthy and violent, Escalator will *** up your day in ways you wouldn't believe. Backed by a fittingly awful production, Escalator passionately rips through four slices of excellent death metal inspired hardcore in a visceral fashion that is not only crushing but catchy. No matter what you may like in your hardcore, there's a very good chance Escalator has somehow incorporated into their music; "Roominating" not ensures that you'll get your dose of blistering power chords and frantic d-beat drumming but where it truly shines is the down beat breakdown towards the end of the song, that will no doubt throw anyone into a thrashing mad frenzy. "St. Scholastica, 1355", while through its majority is mainly just a punchy hardcore track with hoarse, yet emotive death metal gutturals ends up throwing a total curve ball, adding in moments of quick-finger guitar heroics. Taking its place as the longest track (wow, a whole two and half minutes long!) "Young 'til I'm Not", slows down the pace of the demo, instead relying on steady pounding rhythms and layers of dissonant guitar work that with the tinny production of the album actually make for surprising but welcome atmospheric playing. Closing the album is "Compulsory Castration" where the band once again incorporates metal's technical gift with hardcore's in-your face assault, revealing harmonized guitar patterns and thrash's palm muted delivery.

With virtually no information available anywhere on the web, it will be anyone's guess when the next Escalator material will appear, but with their demo creating such an enthralling, conscious-consuming listen, it would be this reviewers guess that this group's near perfect combination of hardcore and metal will have legions of newly turned fans scouring the webs for any new material on a daily basis.



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TheSpirit
December 29th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll have to have everyone excuse the review's brevity and track by track format but seriously this is only four songs long and less than eight minutes and once you listen (if you listen) it should be understood why i wrote this like did. This seriously fucking rules though.

Mordecai.
December 29th 2010


8279 Comments


the audio equivalent of getting curb-stomped



ouch. i really don't wanna be curb stomped. 1 star.

TheSpirit
December 29th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but it feels good this time

Mordecai.
December 29th 2010


8279 Comments


no thanks i've seen american history x. my dentist would kill me if i got curb stomped : (

TheSpirit
December 29th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

or he would rejoice in getting your business for years to come




either way, you probably want to listen to this

Mordecai.
December 29th 2010


8279 Comments


well if you put it that way

Wizard
December 30th 2010


19498 Comments


Fucking neggers! This sounds awesome and nice, concise review!

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2010


16137 Comments


What's up with the negs? This was cool.

xcharlesx
December 30th 2010


192 Comments


i negged ^__^

kount
December 30th 2010


1279 Comments


combo

direct hit

TheSpirit
April 14th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is still sooo good

TheSpirit
September 19th 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Underrated



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