BottomFeeder is a Hardcore group that exists to bring the style back to the late nineties, but with more of a metallic tinge. The five-piece composed of musicians from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state area formed back in August of 2010, issued a demo in 2011, and then the II EP a year later through Get This Right Records. Two years have passed and we're faced with their very first full-length record, Betrayals. But does this release stand out as a solid offering, or is it nothing but rehashed attitude that's easy to swallow?

Betrayals has a fairly crisp sound overall, but it doesn't take away from the violent Hardcore tendencies on display after the introductory "The Double Cross" which, while still grounded in that genre, has a fair amount of hooks that bleed into Metalcore territory after the spoken word audio sample that kicks it all off. What follows on "At the Hands of Ares", however, incorporates a little Grindcore blasting and faster paced riffs that often cave to groove-heavy passages on par with Pantera and even Agnostic Front, though with more of a dirty Ringworm flair, not to mention a strong twang from the bass guitar that adds so much extra bite.

"Suburban Warzone" finds some tighter drumming with a hint of Punk found in the faster paced riffs that line up the main verses. But that's really the only time you get hit with that approach, as the rest continues to cater to groovier material. There's some additional authority thrown in prior to the fairly crushing first breakdown, which isn't quite like the lighter one towards the end that feels as though it were torn out of any traditional modern Metalcore offering before fading out and shifting into "Dead, But No Longer Dreaming". This is where BottomFeeder throws something new at the listener, and it easily sticks. The ominous Horror-themed audio sample kicks a slow paced Groove Metal cut into gear, trudging along with a subtle hint of Southern hospitality, gradually gaining momentum to a heavy breakdown with additional chanting that just brings more of a visceral bite to the conclusion.

And then you have the rich, attitude driven cuts to contend with. "Expendable" just drips with it, all the while keeping the thick distortion and louder bass sound you would find on a 100 Demons album. Of course this is all after the Hardcore Punk style introduction, utilizing catchy two-step drums with a slightly upbeat aggression that the harsh screaming suits just as well as the less jovial tone felt post-breakdown. Finally there's "The Fall of the Tyrant", which is the closest to your traditional "brotherhood" themed Hardcore band offering you could hope for. Additional effects are slapped on the high speed hooks early on, carrying a bit of a Crossover Thrash Metal touch before hammering into blistering drums that slowly cool down to upbeat riffs, leaving you pining for clean gang-chants and additional lyrics about self-empowerment that the likes of Terror would belt out that, in the case BottomFeeder, thankfully never show.

Betrayals is one of those Hardcore albums that ends up a bit hard to categorize thanks to how many influences are clearly on display from song to song, but the band still manages to make it all work out in the long run, sprawling through the different styles of that category while enveloping other genres whole. The best way to sum up the assault would be to say if Ringworm were to have a gang-bang with Pantera and 100 Demons, ten BottomFeeder would be the bastard three-headed offspring from that night of debauchery. If you love aggressive, dirty, groove filled Hardcore with plenty of attitude and gusto, Betrayals is something well worth looking into.

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