I'm trying not to sound like a fucking music reviewer here so I'll try and keep it simple. Extortion's tracks are great. Certainly their most 'pro' sounding recording at this point, the music here would arguably be the best stuff they've written since "Degenerate". I know what kind of an extremist statement that may sound like, but I mean it, really. Rohan's vocals are at their loudest and most stressed, the blasts come on thick, and the slow riffs are catchy as hell. Apart from a few new ideas in a couple of the slower, more typical hardcore tracks, this thing is classic Extortion. I don't know why I even slightly doubted whether this would be good, because it's fucking top shelf fast hardcore.
I can't get so excited about Cold World. I don't know a huge amount about them really other than the fact they go back a fair while. The first time I listened to them a few years ago they just came across to me as relatively straight forward, one dimensional, slightly crusty Euro hardcore. A lot of people rave about them, but I just can't get into them much. I have more or less the same opinion about these new songs of theirs too. Now like I said, the last time I paid them any kind of attention was years ago, but I'll be honest in that I don't really remember them taking quite the angle that they seem to be attacking here. This is fast, angry hardcore not dissimilar to what Extortion do so well with, but it's just boring. I won't rave on any further. Maybe I just need to invest a little more effort?It may be common knowledge to most that Extortion have a few records in the pipeline at the moment, two of them being splits with American heavy weights Hatred Surge and Low Threat Profile. There's also a possibility of a brand new LP before the end of the year, depending on what the band decide. There's also talk of another split with another as of yet unnamed band (well I know who it is, but I'm not sure if I'm aloud to reveal who it is at at this point), that heaps of people are likely to get excited about. Keep em coming.