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Hailstones Kill 200 - June 19 1932
According to their biography, on the date that is the title of this debut EP it rained jagged shards of ice onto this earth, killing over 200 people. That must have been some pretty bad weather. And now, 73 years later they return to continue massacring the innocent, only this time the violence is auditory.
I must admit that I was kind of afraid that this would be another one of those grind releases that has been done over and over and over again, but as soon as I heard the first two songs, I knew my fear was very misplaced. Originality is something I give lots of credits, and these guys have managed to do that on this twelve track recording.
To begin with; it has a groove that doesn’t keep pounding your head off. It gives you time to recover now and then. Besides that, the songs are very refreshing to me, I could find only one accurate description for their music and that is Burnt By The Sun meets Nasum. Perfect! Interesting breaks, real fast chaotic parts and a voice that conveys total hysteria and panic.
The vocals are the only thing that I’m not completely satisfied about. It fits the music perfectly, but if the EP lasted much longer I would get irritated by the high screams. Perhaps adding another member with a brutal grunt would be a cool idea…?
I must compliment vocalist Matt with his vision on life, It’s exactly the same as mine; “do whatever you feel you should, living moment by moment, but don’t come to be asking for a fucking handout. It’s also about fucking chicks.” This I call a genius.
Now this record lasts little over eight minutes (and yes there are twelve tracks on it, do the math) but it shows a very potential band from Australia, which I would love to see on tour with a band like Blood Duster. Honestly I think these guys could get to higher levels and I’m really anxious about their full length album which is in the writing process I believe.
Hailstones Kill 200 - June 19 1932
70/1001Details Grindhead Records
Released on Saturday Dec 18th, 2004

Writer @DemonDust on Wednesday Oct 12th, 2005

Tags: #Hailstones Kill 200
Tracklisting 1. 40 HR (Albert Desalvo)
2. Stand In Line
3. Power Of The Stranger
4. I\'m Not Afraid
5. Needle Or The Box
6. Everything For Nothing
7. Spiderectomy
8. Guns Company
9. Chapter 37
10. Balga By The Sea
11. Story Of My Life
12. Chapter 41
Line up Jon - guitar
Nick - guitar
Matt - vocals
Rohan - bass
Dan - drums