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Freya/Hoods [Split CD]

  • 1. Guilty
    2. Only Good Thief, The
    3. In Love With a Whore
    4. I Own You
    5. West Coast Worldwide
    6. Once Again 2004
    7. Immortal Beloved
    8. Struggle to Survive
    9. Ashes of Troy
    10. Prey to the Gods of War
    11. Spray Paint the Wall
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): VR227

  • Credits

    Freya/Hoods: Marty Cole, Bulldog (guitar); Ethan, Mario Maynor (bass guitar); Navene Koperweis, Tony (drums); Benito Garcia, Mike Hood, Karl Buechner, Erick Edwards.
    Personnel: Mike Hood (vocals, guitar); Benito Garcia, Karl Buechner (vocals); Erick Edwards (guitar).
    Recording information: Puscavern Studio, Sacramento, CA (04/2004); Watchmen Studios, Lockport, NY (04/2004).
    Sacramento hardcore stalwarts Hoods team up here with Freya (formed by Karl Buechner, Erick Edwards, and Bulldog after the breakup of their previous band, Earth Crisis) for a ten-song split CD. Hoods are deep into the old-school hardcore verities, for better and for worse. Their sound is brilliant, diamond-edged, and dense, and singer Benito Garcia is as loud and hoarse as they come. Lyrically, the band needs to think about moving beyond tired celebrations of "the scene" -- especially when they're expressed as irresponsibly as they are in "The Only Good Thief..." ("Here for the fashion, not for the show/I'm gonna beat you, stab you, kill you") or as vaingloriously as they are in "West Coast Worldwide" ("This is not a band, this is a movement"). Freya's sound is no less heavy and no less harsh, but this band has a bit more to say and says it a bit more artfully. "Immortal Beloved" and "Ashes of Troy" both evoke surprisingly goth images of death, burial, and romantic anguish, while "Struggle to Survive" draws on mental-hospital imagery and "Prey to the Gods of War" waxes apocalyptic. Comparatively speaking, the one-minute-long "Spray Paint the Wall" is almost lighthearted. Everything on this album is impressive in one way or another, but you'll probably come away more excited to hear the next Freya effort than to be lectured further on the fine points of scenester solidarity by Hoods. ~ Rick Anderson

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