escaped Rose City Hardcore (CD, £4.95)label: Blackout Records
• The Escaped's full-length debut, Rose City Hard Core, finds the Portland hardcore gang going where many a band, from Rancid and Sick of It All to Minor Threat and the Gorilla Biscuits, have gone before. • Not that this ten-song entry is weak or uninspired -- fusing working-class ideals and good old-fashioned angst in a forum where street punk and hardcore meet. • Ripe for your next melee, the group's fiery force, replete with the dual vocal assault of Zac Fishnets and RIP, yields bruising anthems like "My Fight" and "Violence." A throwback to fine efforts by tough punk bands of yore, Rose City Hard Core is a steel-tipped boot in the ass of a dwindling genre. What it lacks in ingenuity it well makes up for in execution. ~ John D. Luerssen.
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