Chainsaw the Musical’s debut EP, The Beauty of Absolution Above All Things is Bittersweet, shined from the start, rough and unapologetically raw. What could be criticism, here embodies the spirit of the album perfectly here.
A few minor drawbacks become more apparent as you listen. The kick on the drums rings flat and hollow, which doesn’t mesh well with the tone from the rest of the kit. The backing vocals on “The Dogs” come off a little too raspy and airy.
These are small complaints when compared to the thunderous chug of their riffs, pummeling the listener, but retaining an amazing sense of groove to keep you banging your head from start to finish. The album starts and ends with an old country sample from Lowell Blanchard and the Valley Trio’s song “Jesus Hits Like an Atomic Bomb,” setting the theme for this EP, subsequently lining up each song title to form the famous quote, “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.”
Chainsaw the Musical has a great EP that ends too soon with only five tracks, but does a solid job capturing the essence of what hardcore should be: loud, fast and aggressive. Don’t get cluttered with too much technicality. Stay original. It’s a promising start to hearing more from these guys in the future.