Functional Blackouts CD review [Criminal IQ]

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Functional Blackouts CD review [Criminal IQ]
Jun 9, 2004, 04:10



Functional Blackouts deliver old school hardcore punk with no ifs, ands or buts nor wrinkles. Nor even hints at some of the strange and inventive margins that hardcore punk did and can very naturally verge upon, let alone fully blossom into ala Bad Brains, Minor Threat—you know the litany.

FB play at commendable high velocity, and they do pull off the key trick to this genre's success—to have a solid characteristic hook or chord change that either can stand the twin pummeling of blinding speed and simplified playing, or the players take care to cultivate the obtrusiveness of such riffage by turning it up in the mix, swathing it in furry, day-glo fuzztone, etc. and they do. Also, Functional Blackouts handily riffle through slight but decisive shifts in tempo to further ensure that the album doesn't function as a gray, flickering blur even to aficionados. Which can happen. So, good work boys! [Criminal IQ Records]

-Howard Wuelfing

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