[Review] Dispyz – Raverblood EP

I don’t know why it took me so long to track down a copy of this little red slab of 8-bit goodness, but better late than never.  Dispyz is an alias of Stagediver who, apparently, did not get the memo that Midwest hardcore is dead.  And thank fucking christ for that because this 7″ and the other one he released this year are exactly what hardcore is all about.  That being, in my opinion, complete disregard for trends and an unbending passion for one’s art.  DIY to the core, and I have massive respect for that.

Similar to the previous 7″, this one is full of darkish 8-bit melodies, bursts of staccato speedcore rhythms and cheeky sampling.  What I really like about these tracks is that high BPM’s are not shied away from, but it’s not speed for the sake of speed either.  There are even a couple of mid-song tempo changes that I can’t wait to incorporate into a mix.

The bottom line?  This is everything you loved about 1998 dragged kicking and screaming into 2009.  And if there was any doubt about it, look out for a future Stagediver 12″ on none other than the mighty Distort label.

Available on 7″ red vinyl or as a high quality digital download, “The Raverblood EP” can be purchased directly on the Radiograffiti website, here.

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~ by fringebreaks on November 19, 2009.

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