Hardcore is a lot different now than it was in the 1980s and ’90s with bands like Black Flag, Bad Brains and Dead Kennedys dominating the scene even today, but coming out of San Pedro, CA, Rotting Out is one of the bands without doubt keeping the hardcore flame alive and burning brightly in 2015!
‘Reckoning’ starts as it means to go on; the dirty bass tone and and aggressive drum beats heard throughout opening track “Born” make it feel like a real ‘get-in-your-face-and-tell-you-are-worthless’ kind of record. Hardcore has always been a genre of discontent, be it with society seen in the past with songs like Minor Threat’s “Guilty of Being White”, or now with “Born”, a song-round discontinuation of yourself. The line – “Hate is all that I’ve known/It’s the price I pay for being born” is one of the best written lines on the whole record.
Track two on the EP, “Eyes Wide”, is one of the most aggressive on the record, maintaining a fast beat for most of the song despite being less than two and a half minutes. The track is able to fit in a pace-ripping verse, a destructive chorus and a breakdown that makes you want to raise your middle finger to the sky! “End Of The Road” feels a little out of place on the EP – with its two predecessors also having a non-musical intro, having a third just doesn’t feel right. However, this doesn’t take away from that fact that it’s a brilliantly written song, and it’s the only track on the EP that can boast to be completely different with it being the only slower song surrounded by four fast paced face melters.
The highlight of the album is without doubt forty three-second “I Don’t Care”. Despite seeming to be lyrically challenged in this song, the band give you a constant feeling of being in a most pit. With its fast beat and simple punk four-chord ethos, it will be without doubt a live favourite of Rotting Out fans everywhere. “Live Fast Die Young” gives off a similar feeling, using a title that has been used countless times by punk bands throughout the last four decades, it is the track showing the most pain. Vocalist Walter Delgado’s final excruciating “Die Young” to end both the track and the record really end it on a high.
It’s hard not to fall in love with both Rotting Out as a band and “Reckoning” as an EP the first time they are listened to – it’s a classic set of five hardcore songs, one after the other.
‘Reckoning’ will be release on 10th March through Pure Noise Records.
FFO: Minor Threat, Turnstile, Gallows, Expire