03. Beyond Repair
04. Butterknife Suicide
05. Point a Finger
Danvers, MA's MONGREL brings a punk style with metal edges on the "Revenge" EP. Perhaps more accurately described as crossover, yet not in its purest form, there are moments that remind of D.R.I. and a hodgepodge of punk/crossover acts. The five-track offering is good fun, which seems to be a point of emphasis for the act, although the songwriting does not always rise to the same level.
Opening the proceedings is "Scum", a two-minute, rollicking tune that plays to the band's strengths, namely the quick stepping, smart-ass attitude filled delivery, which is even more prevalent on "Butterknife Suicide". The bass bubbling tune is a little too silly though, and one of a few places where Drew Barker's vocals don't quite cut the mustard, though not for lack of effort. "Beyond Repair" and the "Catharsis" are both lively tracks, the latter sporting a hard-rockin' vibe and righteous groove. "Point a Finger" gets mired in middling songwriting and the faux rappy vocal segment is just plain silly.
All in all though, "Revenge" still comes off as a slightly better than average punk/crossover album and the fun factor and crazed musical approach more than make up for the uneven songwriting. A 6 might be pushing it, but the boys do seem to be onto something here and it is awfully difficult to deny them credit for their good-time punk rockin' ways. In other words, there more to like than dislike on "Revenge".
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