AND I, THE DRUNKARDS
HAND OF HOPE
Societyís Finestís frontman Joshua Ashworth recently spent some time yowling for metalcore titans Zao, a task that definitely rubbed this quintet the right way judging by the 12-track AND I, THE DRUNKARDS. Meshing the menacing wares of Darkest Hour, As I Lay Dying, and of course Zao, songs like the title cut mix six-stringed staccato chugfests and Maiden-esque cascading guitar licks with serpentine vocalizations and deep metalcore grooves that will have zero difficulty producing moshpits from coast to coast. If you like your metal arrantly abrasive yet strangely memorable, this disc delivers.