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Northern California quartet Face the Fiasco crams a cornucopia of styles into their 11-track affair HATCH, shifting between terse alternative punk and raucous screamo elements to modern progressively minded metal and chalice-raising classic metal traits. Face the Fiasco demonstrates a significantly spastic attention span with a set of versatile musical chops that allows the band to easily break into odd metered mathcore from tender acoustic breaks and atmospheric jazz noodlings without skipping a beat. Fortified with a twin vocal assault that consistently hits the mark by following the unorthodox musical patterns with both skill and bravado (“Forgetting the Face”), and this disc becomes one fans of the left of center need to seek out. Adventurously composed and daringly performed, Fear the Fiasco has created a stimulating heavy release custom made for open minded metal fans.
- Mike SOS