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Northern California quintet Lionheart churn out 13 tracks of tried and true metal-influenced hardcore on their latest endeavor UNDISPUTED. Combining the fury of Madball (“From Nothing”) with the back to basics approach Hatebreed championed early in their career (“Concrete”), this right and tumble unit punishes eardrums with unmistakable aggression derived from the NYHC movement filtered through breakdown heavy metallic templates employed by countless modern hardcore outfits today (“Better Days”). While Lionheart offers little surprise in their confrontational and intense brand of straightforwardness, their assault of direct relentlessness (“Can’t Hold Us Down”) teems with the power and fury from those whom they pay homage to with their two-step breakdown inflected gang vocal mayhem (“Lifer”). -MikeSOS
- Mike SOS