Holy Shit, boys and girls. Coming from the infamous Holy Terror line of hardcore, War Cross wastes no time with their two EPs (released within two months of one another), offering us an immaculate portion of groovy, fast hardcore that is just as catchy as Integrity's "Those Who Fear Tomorrow," and cuts just as deep. From the opening riff of "Last Of Our Breed," it's clear that War Cross is out for blood with these efforts--your blood.

"Last Of Our Breed" grooves through 2 minutes of Integrity-heavy riffs, 90s drum fills, and exasperated vocals a la Carrying The Fire--venting aggression and passion through lyrics like, "We'll attack again when we see you in hell." In "Blue Went Black," we're greeted with more punk-influenced stylings, and a wholesomely anti-cop message strewn throughout--making for a fun, energetic sing-a-long, "Looks like it's them or us!"

"Only One Can Last" is the closer of this EP, and showcases their hardcore punk influences in this slow, powerful jam. The last riff is immensely heavy, and takes over unexpectedly but, of course, welcomed with open arms. Dwid would be proud of this "Those Who Fear Tomorrow" worship.

"Consuming Fire," the opening track of their demo, is a fast, heavy hardcore punk song that any fan of "Systems Overload" will dig the hell out of, "Let the fire consume you!" Immediately leading into "We Are The Night" with feedback, this minute-long banger is more of an ode to Negative Approach or SSD than any of their Holy Terror forefathers, and rages through 1:17 of aggressive hardcore punk.

Things take a great turn for the best with "Enlightened," which is the darkest track so far, and definitely a throwback to Integrity's early efforts, if I've ever heard one. Clocking in at 2:27, this is the longest track on the demo, and rightfully so--it is absolutely incredible Holy Terror malice. The only problem I have with this track, as well as most Holy Terror-style bands, is that these songs aren't just 5-minute long jams. Hell yeah.

"Everyone Walks" shows their Boston forefathers a subtle bow, with another anti-cop message, and lyrics similar to SSD's "The Kids Will Have Their Say." Very reminiscent of anything on "This Is Boston, Not L.A."

"Cold-Blooded," the closer to the demo, features the skillful use of feedback (one of my favorite devices), drums, and guitar work to end this album on a humble, appreciative note. Right on.

Blending the hook-heavy anthems of their home state of Massachusetts with the heaviness and skill of Cleveland hardcore, these boys are out for more, and aren't going to stop until they get it. Get their album on Stereokiller's player on a "name your price" basis.