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Shackled Down
The Crew (Salf-Made God)

By: Jeb Branin

SHACKLED DOWN plays fist pumping, pit swirling, skateboard crashing, taking-it-to-the-streets hardcore that owes equal debts to classic sXe in the INSTED vein and NYHC in the AGNOSTIC FRONT vein. Think oldschool, especially if you define oldschool as late 80s and early 90s gang chorus hc. Once upon a time you found music like this on Pushead compilations and on Mystic. This is the real deal. Very well done. One of the best things about this CD is the fact SHACKLED DOWN is smart enough to keep the pace fast and furious. In the late 80s and early 90s too many bands tried to experiment with varied pacing and as a result slowed down too much. Fortunately we had bands like INFEST who were playing at an exhausting velocity. Thrashing, baby, thrashing. SHACKLED DOWN don't play at an INFEST pace by any means, but they do keep it in high gear. A solid release.
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