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"Terrorhawk" CD

Equal Vision Records

Genre: post-hardcore

Equal Vision
PO Box 38202
Albany NY

Nov 8 - 14 2005

Terrorhawk is a strong album in all senses of the word. It's strong as in successful, with many exceptional songs and a very cohesive flow. It's also strong musically, brandishing lots of loud guitar playing, vicious yelling, and pounding percussion. And, heck, you get the sense that the band members themselves are strong people. But what else to expect from that friendly genre called post-hardcore?

Bearvsshark's album starts off with the rough-around-the-edges "Cataraman" which sets the scene appropriately. Piled with Jawbox dynamics and viciously explosive ROCK, it starts up and never allows you an instant to catch your breath. The second song is the record's anthem; "5, 6 Kids" wields a to-die-for chorus that will have you pumping your arms in the air like there's no tomorrow. "The Great Dinosaurs With Fifties Section" is also exceptional, and the heavy "I Fucked Your Dad" is mysteriously uplifting.  Occasional breaks from the sonic wreckage add depth to the record (sensitive "Song About Old Roller Coaster," Promise Ring-esque "What A Horrible Night For A Curse"), though the entire disc is still largely rock-oriented.  Those in need of a guitar-heavy power surge are well-advised to check Terrorhawk out.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 15 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]