November 5th, 1955 Bear Of The Sea

November 5th, 1955 Bear Of The Sea
Many bands claim to have twists and turns in their music yet few rarely deliver. However, with Bear Of The Sea, November 5th, 1955 actually do manage to amalgamate progressiveness with catchy rhythms, adding some innovative takes to post-hardcore. Slightly algebraic at times due to odd time signatures and offbeat guitar riffs, the band infuse a few angular moments into their tracks. However, when it comes to delivering a forthright verse and memorable chorus, they are far from lacking. In essence, this establishes a union between the brashness of New Mexican Disaster Squad while still retaining the oh-so-important Neanderthal-ish pace and fury of DC-area hardcore. Unfortunately the band could stand to cut back on the drawn-out introductions to each song. By the time the vocals hit, most tracks are within a hair’s breadth of two minutes, which is a long time to expect people to wait for someone to start screaming their fool head off. Still, when guitarist/vocalist Jason M. does kick in, there’s an unheralded passion and energy in his performance that almost makes you forget the anticipation built and lost before he finally gets around to saying something. (Ironclad)