February 10, 1998
TERMITES IN HIS SMILE,
Sons of Abraham (Exit Records), 1998.
7 out of 10
Jewish hardcore is here at last!!! Sons of Abraham are from Long Island and play overpowering and brutal hardcore. There are a few indulgent solos which make me associate this with the metal that my ex-roommate used to listen to all the time. Like most metal bands, Sons of Abraham is comprised of very good musicians. Unfortunately, their musical prowess does not mean a good sense of tact or taste. Periodically, they use those screeching riffs which are reminiscent of old school metal when the musicians wore tight leather pants and used a container of hair spray each night. Maybe it is here that I should note that I am not a hardcore fan and thus my review is biased. I have, however, heard a fair amount of thrashcore because my roommate was a real aficionado and this is some of the best stuff from that genre that I have ever heard. If you are a fan, you should definitely consider picking this up. (Exit/ PO Box 263/ New York, NY 10012).
-- Matt Kessler
Cap'N Jazz (Jade Tree Records), 1998.
9 1/2 out of 10
Cap'N Jazz was a band from the early 90's and this is a reissue of everything they ever released. The band broke up and ex-members went on to start Joan of Arc and The Promise Ring which are two of the bigger bands around today. Although short lived, Cap'N Jazz was highly influential and practically started this wave of poppy emo music which has become perhaps too numerous and consequently tiresome. Cap'N Jazz, however, are awesome. This is a double CD reissue of everything that they have ever released which includes one album, a series of 7"s, and live performances. Their first and only album is catchy, exciting, and very well balanced. It is one of those albums that was constructed as an album and not as a juxtaposition of songs. This is a double CD, however, and the rest of the songs are not that great. They are interesting and sometimes funny, but on the most part simply sophomoric and boring. I refrain from using the word sophomoric here because everything the band did was sophomoric, but not in a bad way. On the contrary, as a matter of fact because Cap'N Jazz excels in their immaturity and passion. The members were young kids when this was recorded and it is obvious because no one else could have made such rocking, innocent, and impassioned music as this. Do not worry about the Double CD price, though, because 'Analphabetapolotholgy' only costs around $12. Drop everything and go out and buy this album. Listen to it a couple of times and then you won't be able to get the songs out of your head. BUY! BUY! BUY! (Jade Tree/ 2310 Kennwynn Rd./ Wilmington, DE/ 19810).
-- Matt Kessler