Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
Posted on July 2014
I’ve always preferred 80s hardcore, but every now and then a band emerges to transcend these time barriers. Hardtime is one of those bands. Their self-titled EP is a strong representation of where they are collectively at. Four blistering tracks of New Hampshire hardcore, certain to reduce your brain matter to unrecognizable pulp. Hardtime’s influence from Rage Against The Machine adds a lot to their appeal, besides giving them an early 90s feel. Most of the songs end before you know what hit you, and have more than enough breakdowns to sustain your interest in what comes next. My only complaint is there could have been a few more songs, but I imagine including only four was the effect they intended this EP to have. The production is slightly abrasive but clear enough to showcase each instrument handled by the band members. And the band’s stance on hardcore camaraderie is as convincing as many bands I have heard up to now By the time this ends you’ll likely be slamming around your listening space.