Narrows/Retox
Split


4.5
superb

Review

by Mort. CONTRIBUTOR (56 Reviews)
June 14th, 2015 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist


Justin Pearson’s track record is impressively proficient, being involved in such notable acts as spazz-grind aficionados The Locust, Holy Molar, Head Wound City and now Retox. It’s unsurprising then that a split EP released on his own label Three One G Records with metalcore powerhouse Narrows would live up to the standards he himself has so consistently set. With each band supplying 2 tracks, there’s an interesting contrast between two approaches to hardcore contained here. Narrows’ bass driven, dense version of metalcore is the antithesis of Retox’s spazzy, tumbling approach found in “This Should Hurt a Little Bit” which constantly shifts through riffs and drum fills with chaotic fervor to the point where it could be one of The Locusts more straightforward tracks.

Narrows kick off the EP with two of their best tracks, tracks that outshine the singles off their previous efforts. “Ride the Lion” and “Blood Python” ripple with energy from beginning to end, pulsing along at furious rhythms to solid bass-lines and thrashing guitars. Dave Verellen of Botch fame has only improved as a vocalist over the years, with his style now resembling more of a deep, sludgy roar than the abrasive shouts he used to wield, complimenting Narrows thick tone perfectly. Furthermore, Verellen’s lyrics are as damningly heavy as they were in his Botch days, as he laments over “the end” in monstrous tones at the end of “Ride the Lion” and tells us “you have the right to die”. Dissonant guitar-work is used to great effect here as chaotic, reverberating guitars are used to break up the dense nature of the riffs to provide an interesting texture.

Retox on the other hand has a wildly different approach. The aforementioned “This Should Hurt a Little Bit” flies by in under 2 minutes, at such speed and flippancy that it comes as a bit of a shock after Narrows straightforward but hard-hitting approach. Justin Pearson plays the word association game, as he squeals out lyrics in flamboyant fashion reminiscent of early Blood Brothers such as “who needs a virus? Or missile crisis? Fill out plus sizes and *** reverse niceness”. However where Retox really shine is on the closing a track, a cover of The Cure’s “Fascination Street” that replaces all the melancholy bitterness and anguish of the original with cold hearted purpose and aggression. Retox’s version is faster, darker, and Justin Pearson’s rendition of the lyrics feels somewhat loyal to the original in that it’s heartfelt and natural. If anything one issue here is that Pearson’s yelping is somewhat monotonous and one sided. But still, the cover is an excellent way to see the EP off as the lyrics to “Fascination Street” fade out slowly, ending the EP as purposefully as Narrows kicked it off.



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 14th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first review in like 2 months because of exams so im a bit rusty



Feedback would be appreciated as always bla bla bla



Narrows

"Blood Python" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfecYXz90ZA



"Ride the Lion" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey4ZlQwPpFo



Retox

"This should hurt a little bit" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWlaDHS5VXE



"Fascination Street" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaJOzsZhvtc



Apparently a different version of this should hurt a little bit is on Retoxs 2015 LP, only difference i can tell is different production





Digging: Jeromes Dream - LP

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2015


19223 Comments


skimmed through it, it's looks fine to me

Artuma
June 14th 2015


31372 Comments


damn didn't even know this exists, thanks for the (great) review morty

i dig narrows and i dig retox so i def need this

Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.

owen
June 14th 2015


5147 Comments


Both bands need more love on the sput

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 14th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank u art



yeah tbh Narrows is probs best metalcore band of the last few years imo

Pajolero
June 15th 2015


1088 Comments


This requires my immediate attention.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes it does. Its nice and short aswell so id reccomend anyone with the slightest interest just give it a quick listen

danielito19
June 15th 2015


12203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

would i like this

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you like Botch then yeah probs



Its on spotify (tho for some reason incorrectly under The Narrows instead of just Narrows) and its short so you may aswell give 10 mins of your time to it

danielito19
June 15th 2015


12203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think botch is cool but i never fell in love w them

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well tbh theyre not that botchy, just have the same vocalist



And theyre metalcore, but they dont sound all that similar to botch

danielito19
June 15th 2015


12203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like the second retox track. this didn't impress me much other than that.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fair enough bro, good that you gave it a try anyway



im just a sucker for Narrows style of metalcore

danielito19
June 15th 2015


12203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

honestly just checked because you put your name on it haha. broe my gf and i went on a road trip, one of the cds i brought was The Always Open Mouth. my gf liked it so much we spun it again right after it finished. such a good record, love the production job on it.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2015


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh yeah production on that is meticulous





Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2016


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i am proud of this review

thanks bruv





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