3.16.2016

REVIEW: LOW ROLL - SELF TITLED EP

Low Roll is a hardcore band hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina.
As I stated in my post about Queensway, beatdown is coming back in a big way in 2016 and thank fucking God because I am honestly tired of that beat ass shtick called metalcore.
Low Roll released their self titled EP on March 11th and it's definitely a sign of the times.

It's a five track EP so you have no excuse about its length for not listening to it at least once.
The whole release clocks in at just under thirteen minutes.

The EP opens with "Roll The Dice" which is what being held at gun point sounds like. 
The first lyrics you hear after the crushing intro are "Bet everything I've got 'cause I've got nothing to lose, you wouldn't last a day if you were walking in my shoes."
 Opening with themes of gambling and hopelessness, this release is already winning my heart.

As "Snake Eyes" opens you hear the voice of Robert DeNiro as Al Capone giving one of the infamous quotes from The Untouchables just before the instruments come in crushingly. 
Low Roll is a straight edge band and this is one of the two obviously "straight edge" tracks on the EP and like all the best straight edge bands before them, it's got the "not like you" mentality all over it. 
The breakdown at 2:15 on this track is enough to make me check into rehab.

"Double or Nothing" (notice a theme here?) follows "Snake Eyes" as the second straight edge banger on this release.
Low Roll did something I haven't heard in a minute from a new band and they threw gang vocals on this track and I love them for that. 
I'm a meathead so using elements of older beatdown bands like that gets me all tingly inside. 
This is followed shortly after by an absolutely insane drum part that I'm sure will drive kids to strangle each other at their shows.

"Risk" is the second to last track on the EP and like the songs before it, it does not disappoint in any department.
Lyrically I'd have to say this is the black sheep of the release. 
As the title would imply, this song is about taking risks. 
Whether that risk be with your emotions or money, it's kind of hard to tell because these boys clearly love gambling and hate liars. 
A sentiment I can respect and stand behind. 

Finally, to close the EP there's "Outsider," which is hands down the strongest song on the album both lyrically and instrumentally. 
I've talked before about how people who have no frame of reference for how hardcore works come in and start talking about shit they have no idea about and this song sums up my feelings about them nicely. 
The style their singer uses for this song is audibly more aggressive than the rest and I love that you can tell he means 100% of what he's saying here. 
That coupled with the sheer intensity of the guitars and drums on this track make it the perfect way to end this EP. 

Low Roll knew that if they released some weak tracks they would eventually fade into the sand of the scene but thankfully they came correct. 

I give this record three dice out of three. 

You can listen to this EP on Bandcamp and keep up with Low Roll on Twitter.