Fuck Now Denial
(Tor Johnson Records)
Boston’s Now Denial have a good listen with this 12-inch EP, entitled Fuck Now Denial. Lots of hoarse-voiced screaming over deeply-hitting rhythms, and that all has the counterpoint of sparse guitar licks against stoner-metal riffage. The mixture of hardcore punk’s anger and frustration with the tuneful nature of classic rock is entertaining … while I’m listening to it.
Therein lies the rub, though. It’s a conundrum, because the thing’s on my turtable right fucking now, and I’m enjoying the hell out of it. However, I’ve spun this record something like a dozen times since it showed up in the mail, and five minutes after I’m done listening, I can’t remember a damned thing about it. “Epic Fail,” the last song on the first side, always grabs my ear when it’s on, but fuck if I can tell you what I like about it when it’s not playing (for the record, it’s the Thin Lizzy riffing mixed with big hardcore breakdowns). So, I can recommend Fuck Now Denial, but these are not songs that you will find yourself coming back to time and time again.
The album comes pressed on 47 white/black marble, available from Tor Johson Records only; 52 transparent green, available from Now Denial only, and 201 orange marble, with screen-printed covers. I got not only the orange vinyl, which looks wonderful, but a screened poster, as well. The poster actually looks cooler than the album cover.