It most likely some form of nationalism speaking, but I honestly believe that Canada puts out a disproportionate amount of good hardcore/metal/punk bands. As a country that is a mere 10% the size of the USA, we pump out consistently great, groundbreaking, and fun bands that end up making an impact despite being from the frozen North-Western corner of the globe. While Lost Tribe is centered out of Toronto, and we all consider TOHC to be our hometown music, I once lived in Ottawa and still hold a fair amount of love for the nation’s capital.
It was this geographic affection that caused me to check out Ottawa's own, Spaz out. Now, beside the fact that it should be spelled “Spazz” in my opinion, I love everything about this band. The demo sounds raw (it is a demo of course), but the intensity and fury comes through clearly on every song. “Tangled” and “Cut the Shit pt. 2” bring a style of early 2000s hardcore that I will always love best. “Blind to the Truth” is probably my favourite song, mixing killer hc riffs, metal dive bombs, and a gang-vocal breakdown. What’s not to love??!! “Losing Grip” speeds things up and adds some metallic and punk roots to the release that fit perfectly.
Look, I know we usually don’t do track-by-track breakdowns of what we review, but every song on this release is good in a different way, so blanket statements are kinda hard to come by. Furthermore, when a new band puts out something this impressive it’s worth taking a step back and appreciating each track....jesus, now it sounds like a want to blow this band.....and I do....musically. Only musically.
Get a free download of the demo here, and buy a physical copy whenever that becomes available.