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The NYC trio known as The Fiction play a brand of disjointed hardcore that art students clamor over, as the outfit’s 10-track release liberally apply touches of Refused, System of a Down, Fugazi, and Jawbreaker as shards of razor-sharp post-hardcore. Dissonant riffaging on “The Ballad of Tim and Dawn” gives the band that left of center feel, while “27” displays the band’s ability to bring the atmosphere down without losing an ounce of intensity. While The Fiction isn’t providing anything overly provocative or unique, this unit’s spurts of maddening metallic angst and subtle unmelodic punk rock stance make a fine listen for the louder times of the day.
- Mike SOS