After the sludgy goodness of their debut full-length Cycles, Rhode Islanders Soul Control have returned from a ridiculous amount of touring to give us another dose of energetic hardcore that doesn’t rely on breakneck tempos or breakdowns to keep you interested. Get Out Now is a testament to doing something a bit different, often leaning towards turning down the tempo a bit while injecting dirt-crusted melodies to make the five tracks here abrasive – without losing much in the process. Soul Control certainly haven’t lost their footing since Cycles, as Get Out Now is another solid outing from a band quietly turning heads once again.
Regardless of the trip Soul Control take us on from start to finish, they certainly have a knack for making it entertaining. “Harvester” and “Slipping” are the faster ones of the group, sending us on a ruckus-starting rock-tinged ride with slimy guitar work and thundering drumming. The production of Get Out Now shines on these tracks, as the rough around the edges approach serves the sound of Soul Control well here. “Snake” is a slower number that punches hard while trudging through three-and-a-half minutes of buzzing guitars and vicious vocals. This track’s only downfall is that it seems more unfocused on itself as a whole despite having strong parts scattered about it. “Hodad Song” is a much more structured track, closing the EP with a slow-core rock-out that apexes with guitars and drums bombastic in their ascent. By its end, you might not find yourself as surprised by this band as when you first heard Cycles, but Soul Control have tweaked their sound to a point where it is a pleasing step for the band without completely sounding different in the long run.
Get Out Now doesn’t disappoint any of the fans this band has gained since they started their time with Bridge Nine. It also shows they are willing to step out of any shells they might have been confined into the last time they released music. In the end, Soul Control continue on the path they started a few years ago, and any fan of hardcore or punk rock would be wise to get into this band soon.
2. Peeling Layers
5. Hodad Song