Published May 27, 2016Loud and obnoxious, Kansas City's Sharp Weapons have a knack for heavy riffing. The four-piece's self-titled, nine-track debut LP is full of chugging hardcore with a slight pinch of punk sensibilities and metal sentiments thrown in. Songs like "G.D.H." feature explosive and catchy riffs, and by incorporating metal sounds in songs like "Brilliant Normal," the band avoid confining themselves to any single, narrow lane.
Unfortunately, at times the constant chugging becomes tiresome and repetitive, almost used as a tool to maintain energy without having gaps of nothingness — a space-filler, more than an artistic decision. Overall, Sharp Weapon's debut LP is a satisfying, eclectic mixture of loudness that isn't trying to push any boundaries. (Static Tension Recordings)