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The Monday Grind: WORST DAYS Separation Anxiety Is A Tense Dose Of Fast, Heavy Hardcore

It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Worst Days Separation Anxiety.

It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Worst Days Separation Anxiety.

It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Worst Days Separation Anxiety.

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Despite being a feature largely dedicated to grindcore, hardcore can be just as grinding, robust and seething as any million-blasts-a-minute band. Hell, I almost completely isolated myself to the genre for about twelve years, absorbing everything I could, before seriously branching out. Providence, RI’s Worst Days take me back to that in a lot of ways, but there’s more.

Separation Anxiety is a short ride at five songs in six-minutes. The opener “A Previous Knowledge of Self Destruction” is the album’s longest track. It opens with a gentle enough guitar strum before the shrieks and screams kick on and the song goes full hardcore/punk. It’s when he track gets heavy that things start to get really intense.

The album is jam packed with riffage and heavier moments. It’s straight forward in how short it is, but not in composition. Songs shift and twist, or a heavier, disjointed bit will be thrown in that disarms the ears. “Mutilated Thoughts” starts out with a fast guitar lead before going fast and heavy and then bouncing back again. The song then takes a turn towards the jagged.

Meanwhile, “Feeble Minds” is the closest the album gets to going full on grind, but instead settles on blasting for the beginning before getting groovy. Clocking in at only thirty-nine-seconds, the track goes by really fast. But that’s how Worst Days operate. Quick and to-the-point, just like hardcore is going to be.

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If you locked up Moss Icon, got them hooked on powerviolence, and then blasted Cut the Shit’s Marked For Life EP for a week straight in their ears, you’d have have Worst Days. Pg. 99 would also be an apt comparison, minus the moodier, slower stuff that they conjure up. Additionally, because the album is so short, I recommend you check out their other releases. One is a demo from 2015 and the other is a benefit track mixed by Kurt Ballou (GodCity Studios) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Audiosiege) for Food Not Bombs. All proceeds go to the FNB Providence chapter.

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