First, some sample lyrics: ​“I don’t like who I am,” ​“Sometimes it hurts just to be alive.” Bored? Lines like these would be the most ridiculous modern-rock clichés possible… if they were on the new Eve 6 album. But it’s all in the music and after listening to the first 20 seconds of the first track, I’ve come to the realization that these guys are as fucked up as the lyrics suggest they are. If this band doesn’t effect you, check your pulse because you’re probably dead.

The fact is that this is one of the most brutal albums I’ve ever heard. It makes death metal, grindcore, and other ​“extreme” music sound incredibly stale and generic. They transcend these genres, and are never unconvincing. ​“Helvetica” starts with a pretty typical metal/​hardcore riff, but quickly becomes a discordant, chaotic nightmare with the vocalist alternately muttering and howling like a wounded animal. And it never lets up. This is scary.

Kiss It Goodbye are what most other metal and hardcore bands only pretend to be. They’re not saying ​“Oh look at me, I’m one disturbed individual.” They’re saying ​“I don’t care what you think. You’re an asshole anyway.” If you want something that will truly ruin your day, this is it.

Written by Matt.