Saturday, August 2, 2014

Incendiary: Cost of Living on Smooth Red, Unrestrained Split on Clear Beige and Xibalba Split on Smooth Beige Splatter

Incendiary has become one of my favorite bands in the last couple of years.  They have the energy of second generation, Long Island hardcore, but with a ton of other influences that make them a bit more diverse than most new hardcore bands.  Long Island hardcore has always had the heavy, foot stomping, mosh inducing breakdowns, but in my opinion, what differentiated Long Island hardcore was the groove element that was introduced with bands like Life of Agony.  It created a more raw sense of energy that was much less redundant than the what-became-typical verse..buildup...breakdown..verse.  The groove element redefined the hardcore sound while keeping all the known and comfortable elements.  

I tend to be hesitant to hear new NYHC bands.. esp Long Island hardcore bands, but I think Incendiary really stands at the forefront by honoring the traditional sound we all know, but adding a new energy and youth that has been missing for quite a while and that I feared would not return.  

Cost of Living is their 2nd full length release. Released in 2013 on Closed Casket Activities and this copy is printed on a really interesting smooth, saturated red color.  Simple packaging and cut at 45rpm.. this album gets considerable time on my deck. 

Next, is a split on Trip Machine records with Unrestrained.  Incendiary sounds like shit on this and the recording quality makes it really hard to listen to.  Limited to 91 copies, this is printed on a transparent beige..swirlish color. 

Finally... the split of all splits. Two of my favorite bands.. Incendiary and Xibalba.  Fantastic release on Closed Casket as well and printed on a smooth, saturated beige..marble vinyl. 

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