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Playing Enemy
I Was Your City (Hawthorne Street Records)

By: Mike SOS

Rising from the ashes of seminal hardcore act Kiss It Goodbye, Playing Enemy return after a two year hiatus with I WAS YOUR CITY, a disjointed metallic concoction whose 11-tracks take you ears on a wild ride through broken relationships via ambient noise rock and angst ridden dissonance. Unstable and unsettling, "The End of Something" has a vertigo-like effect thanks to its swirling guitars and its monotone trailed off vocals underneath the gravel-swallowed lead throat, while "And The Engine" tackle a full-on left of center hardcore attack with driving bass lines which complement the intentionally jagged guitar work. Somewhere between Keelhaul, Mastodon, and Every Time I Die lays I WAS YOUR CITY, an album that will haunt as much as it threaten.

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