Artist: Hell Mary
Album: Forever on the Fence
For people who like: Comeback Kid
Hell Mary is a hardcore band from New Jersey, and Forever on the Fence is their debut EP. On this EP, Hell Mary is as angry and ruthless as their EP cover. Forever on the Fence is everything you would expect from a great hardcore EP and more. Complete with lyrics of personal grudges, dissonant instrumentation, and slow-burning breakdown tempos, Forever on the Fence is an amazing debut EP from Hell Mary.
Forever on the Fence, starts with the great track “The Crawl,” which is an ode to all those who think too highly of themselves. It’s the type of track that’s perfect to start with, almost seemingly addressing those who disagree with Hell Mary’s sentiments shouting “go crawl on home to your mother.” It is directly followed by “(We’re Just) White Noise,” which is as knowingly rebellious as a punk song should be. It is reminiscent to tracks like Minor Threat’s “Minor Threat,” having a similar youthful exuberance. Although the best track on this EP has got to be the title track, “Forever on the Fence.” It’s unfaltering ethos, and emotionally charged vocals give this song a believable, and relatable vibe. The vocalist’s passion and self-deprecative tendencies are so real, and as the song comes to a close with noisy distortion and thumping bass, the emotion becomes palpable. I also love how Forever on the Fence ends the EP with the 41-second “Done…Again.” The lyrics speak of being fed up with everything, fittingly closing the EP with “I’m done…again.”
All things considered, Forever on the Fence is a great EP, and paves the way for many great releases to come. Pick up Hell Mary’s 7” of Forever on the Fence courtesy of Bedside Manner Collective//Gruff Beard Records.
Favorite Track(s): Forever on the Fence