There must be something in the water in Southern California that triggers something in the minds of its musicians or Taylor Young is just a madman. Regardless yet again another band emerging from SoCal has quickly added itself to the ranks of Xibalba and Nails as a true heavyweight of metal inspired hardcore in the form of Disgrace.

Seeing the words “featuring members of Nails and Twitching Tongues” kind of lets you know what you are in for. If at least its equal parts of the two you know it’s going to be super heavy and have a ton of groove. It is definitely both and it runs the gambit of influences. Much like the previously mentioned Xibalba, Disgrace offers a wide variety of source material it pulls from where Xibalba seems to hone in on just Morbid Angel. Young and company seem to pull from anything from the slow punishing pace of the likes of Bolt Thrower and Celtic Frost, the tuning and distortion of Entombed, to sounds not too far from Beneath The Remains era Sepultura, blended with the groovy hardcore styling in vain of Merauder, Cold As Life, and even a smidgen of Twitching Tongues. Much like I said in the Discourse review, even though you can hear nothing but the influences throughout, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Disgrace meshes so many root sounds into one that it kind of becomes a Vultron of music.

While the end result is a 44 minute audio pummeling, the album does come with its set of flaws. For starters, I think the mishmash of materials resulted in the majority of the record sounding just like itself over and over again. Listening to the record straight through has lost me every time by the time I get to the melodic instrumental, Segue, which breaks up the album but that doesn’t occur until near of the end of the record. Listening to the songs out of order and on their own proved to be a much better listening experience and I was able to appreciate their individual colossus on their own. The other downfall I feel is in its muddiness. I’m not sure if you can blame the production or the guitar tone as the problem but something doesn’t work there. I get that the point was to go old school and stay there but making the music a little more crisper would have paid huge dividends here.

My two little gripes aside, this is a menacing record. They have successfully taken some of my favorite old school death metal and hardcore bands and squeezed them into a single idea. It will be interesting to see if the new school hardcore kid can accept and gravitate to such a sound. Since my music age tends to be older than my actual age, I really dig this and hope for more bands to follow suit.