Entry are a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles. Detriment is their debut album. Their attack is spearheaded by vocalist Sara G and guitarist Clayton Stevens who also play together in post hardcore band Touché Amoré. The four piece is completed by Sean Sakamoto on bass and Chris Dwyer on drums. They take their inspiration from classic punk bands such as Discharge, Minor Threat, The Cramps and The Exploited.
Vinyl LP £15.73 LORD276
LP on Southern Lord.
I had three records to choose from for review today. ENTRY's debut LP 'Detriment' got the nod on two counts - firstly their songs are very short, and also I heard a couple of their songs yesterday and thought that their bracing hardcore punk might jolt me awake. It’s definitely done that. This is a brisk jolt of a record, its nine tracks rattling along in under quarter of an hour. Most of the tunes here stick to a chuggy, furrowed-brow style of hardcore that frequently edges on metal - an effect heightened by the gravelly yowl of vocalist Sara G.
Arguably the most revealing tracks are those which bookend the album. ‘Intro’ and ‘Demons’ are both sludgy numbers. I was sort of non-plussed by ‘Intro’ - it feels unfinished and unnecessary, particularly when subsequent cut ‘Your Best Interest’ throws down in a way which would make it an ideal candidate for an opening cut. ‘Demons’, however, is a good change of pace. For one thing it’s the longest track here (at almost three and a half minutes!), and it’s a lot slower than the rest of the tunes. The monolithic wall-of-sound riff and windswept atmospherics mean that the black metal influence hinted at by Sara G’s vocals on the rest of the record becomes front-and-centre here. Sure, again ‘Demons’ feels a little structurally undercooked, but it also points to some potentially interesting future growth for ENTRY.
‘Detriment’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel. To be honest, it sounds like quite a lot of my mates’ bands. But I would give pretty much anything to go watch some of them in a backroom right now, and since I can’t do that ENJOY are bringing me the next best thing.
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