Zero - "Paradox" 7"
One of two new 7"s this month from this Japanese hardcore-inspired band from Minneapolis. I like how the two sides of this 7" kind of get at two sides of the Burning Spirits coin... while the b-side is more of a melodic, Forward-style tune, the a-side is a hyper-fast burner that sounds like something that could have appeared on Nightmare's Give Notice of Nightmare. I remember a few years ago when there were a ton of bands playing this style... so many of them sounded super corny, which is easy to do when you're basically paying tribute to another scene. However, Zero are the real deal... I dare say they could even tour Japan and not be embarrassed to play alongside the greats. - Daniel/Sorry State Records