HEAT "S/T" 7"
Heat's debut 7" is a hellish, whirlwind onslaught of ultracore agony. It would be easy to just name check the cult HC groups of yore who make up Heat's primary influences--Neanderthal, Citizens Arrest, Impact Unit, Crossed Out, etc.--but these San Diego insurgents aren't content simply paying homage; they're taking their savage influences and pushing the aural torment into a refreshing, self stylized direction. Whether full tilt blasting, stomping at a mid-pace, or trudging through a dirge, there's a natural fluidity and cohesion to Heat's under-a-minute nuclear reactions that belies the group's intensity. Simply put, any fan of extreme hardcore will revel in Heat's burly, mutant approach. Buy it, steal it, hype it, but above all: feel it. - Colin Tappe