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Mikoto are no strangers to the hardcore scene and its way of life, as members of this quintet have logged in time with bands such as Taken and Preacher Gone to Texas. It’s that vast experience that shines through this five-track offering and makes something really special here, as these cagey veterans wrestle with the legacy of hardcore while struggling with their own lives on songs like the sarcastically charged “Traditional Anthem”, a track that denounces the Hot Topic-ization of the scene that these guys love so much. Brazen, heartfelt, and oh yeah, pretty damn heavy, Mikoto brings it back to a time when the music and the message were uncorrupted by the multimedia feeding frenzy.
- Mike SOS