Glassjaw : Cosmopolitan Bloodloss

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Obviously, straightedge is a very serious matter but while it's one thing to excise all worldly pleasures from your life, it's another to actively welcome in the misery and pain. Even the most ardent masochist would have a fight to wring some enjoyment out of this tortured single, not because of its hardcore ethics, abrasive guitars and challenging musicality but because it sounds like Mansun. Really, there are more hardcore challenges in finding the remote control than in this low-grade emotional splurge. If intensity means a bit of shouting and the need to dig out the word 'angular', then, yes, Glassjaw are intense. Otherwise, further proof that Ross Robinson isn't a byword for anything except inconsistency.

Victoria Segal

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