The Rites

The Wish You Never Knew

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The second album by New Jersey hardcore specialists the Rites is all-killer, no-filler hardcore with very little in the way of extraneous speed metal, grindcore or -- ick -- emo to get in the way of the surgical-strike punk attack. Something of a New Jersey hardcore supergroup (various members have served in old-school scene stalwarts Down in Flames, among others), the Rites understand the importance of both brevity and simplicity in hardcore, and so these eight songs range from the 27-second punk haiku "Paid for in Blood" to the comparatively epic closer "Pissing on Your Grave," which even manages to squeeze in one brief but effective solo. Like a prime hardcore album from back in the day, the whole thing is over in under 12 minutes, but the songs never sound fragmented or half-formed.

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