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Sabertooth Zombie Dance/The Prisoner

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Side A - Dance EP: 1. Dance of Ageless 2. Crooked Divinity 3. Mr. Suit (Wire cover) 4. The Bride 5. Of Fear and Peace 6. The Traveling Carnival 7. Rock And Roll Friends Side B - The Prisoner EP 1. The Prisoner 2. Hyber-Nation 3. Panacea 4. Glad Handed 5. House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals cover)
2007 Twelve Gauge Records
Our score 7

by Nick
3/16/2008

Congratulations to Sabertooth Zombie for failing to adhere to any strict definition of what a punk/hardcore band should sound like. The modern hardcore scene appears to be spawning a number of extremely competent, but unfortunately tired acts as of late. A well-executed rehashing of classic hardcore styles is certainly a respectable endeavor, but it is no substitute for an innovative, anything-goes songwriting mindset. And that's exactly where Sabertooth Zombie falls. With Twelve Gauge Records' repackaging of two of the band's previous EPs, Dance and The Prisoner, in a slick 10" release, more listeners should have the chance to check out these guys' unique mish-mash of hardcore, street punk and everything in between. Dance begins with "Dance of Ageless," a track sporting a melodic hardcore punk groove juxtaposed with impressively gritty vocal lines. "Crooked Divinity" features a slowly building and feedback drenched intro before launching into a period of up-tempo hardcore akin to that of Outbreak and Trash Talk. "The Bride" also adds to the variety of the record, beginning with a dose of melodic hardcore not too far removed from Fucked Up's recent output. The Prisoner's opening title track keeps up with the anything-goes trend by touting melodic punk leads and rock riffing. Hell, they also throw an entertaining cover of The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" into the mix, complete with copious amounts of gang vocals and a bit of punk riffing to add their twist on the classic. The obvious downside of such an interesting mix of genres on a record like Dance/The Prisoner is that, at times, the listening experience can become a little disjointed.But hey, this clearly isn't meant to be a concept record.It's simply an entertaining combination of many things hardcore and punk and should find a good home with listeners looking for just that. Bottom Line: It is very refreshing to hear hardcore bands like Sabertooth Zombie. Their raw mix of hardcore and punk might give a bit of a disorderly first impression, but that shouldn't be a barrier to enjoying Dance/The Prisoner. This band was made for sweaty basement shows.

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anonymous 3/16/2008 4:03:48 PM

PhiRst


Nick_ 3/16/2008 4:24:42 PM

Oh, and this is also getting a CD release this summer if you're not a big vinyl kind of person.


swampthang_ 3/16/2008 6:20:59 PM

band name of the year. cool band


anonymous 3/16/2008 6:44:26 PM

good tunes. worst f*cking band name in history.


DARTHDEATHSTAR_ 3/16/2008 7:24:48 PM

awesome band


anonymous 3/17/2008 4:55:39 PM

just listened...good stuff


guidobol_ 3/17/2008 8:51:21 PM

this album is a pleasant surprise!


DukeNukem_ 3/17/2008 9:19:10 PM

surprising review, i must say


wayno_ 3/26/2008 12:17:17 PM

shit band, shit review


LORDSHREDDER_ 3/26/2008 6:42:02 PM

These guys suck suck suck. Why were they reviewed? I f*cking have no tolerance for garagey youth-core. Sounds like everyone's first band when they start playing instruments.


vince_ 3/28/2008 6:37:39 PM

Amazing band.