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Long Beach, California’s The Greenery released It’s Looking Grim in Canada last month. The album opens with a vicious hardcore assault, “Acid Flash,” which is one of the most aggressive tracks I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. “Murderous Rhythm,” by comparison, is less hardcore and more thrash metal. The Greenery are more effective when they lean on their hardcore side rather than their metal one and, though I really like the vocals on this album, it’s almost as if Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha was singing for a hardcore band again. Unfortunately, The Greenery don’t return to the high excitement of “Acid Flash.” It’s Looking Grim is worth a listen for any fans of crossover thrash.

– Jacob Romu