Burning Love     

Rotten Thing To Say
Southern Lord
2012

These Toronto-based veterans of the hardcore punk scene have delivered an album of emotional and heartfelt, yet spiteful hardcore tinged punk.  A melodic intro bounces straight into No Love with its dirty, driving riffs.  Musically this falls somewhere between Turbonegro's snappy punk and Unbroken's emotional hardcore.  Rock N Roll solos and raucous barroom power imbue this song with an immediacy that belies its confidence.  Thick riffs announce the arrival of Karla.  The blues-rock guitar solos make this track feel like it's fueled by alcohol and insomnia and years of burning the candle at both ends.  Scathing punk vocals and a slamming main riff hits you on my favorite song on the album, Superstitious Friend.  The song breaks into some catchy guitar lines.  The Body reminds me of the fun, steady riffing of The Ramones but with a harder, dirtier delivery that scratches at your skin like a drug addict trying to get the worms out of their flesh.  Hateful Comforts is a monstrous and angry concoction that leaves you bruised, your ribs shattered from the pummeling.  Even more corrosive is the sonic riot of traditional speedy hardcore called Tremors.  Putting the rock, into Punk Rock is the albums closer, Broken Glass.  A total rock groove is dragged through the gutter while the song constantly breaks into a catchy chorus and a stomping beat.  Rotten Thing To Say teeters between irreverence of poppy punk riffs and the emotional scars of some of hardcore's darkest denizens such as Undertow and Unbroken.  Burning Love is a diverse, catchy beast that also stews in bitterness and lovelorn regret.  Southern Lord did the world a favor by releasing this album.