When Vic Dicara left his seminal West Coast hardcore outfit Inside Out in the early '90s, there was much anticipation surrounding his next project, and 1994's Holyname EP from Dicara's new project, 108, generally didn't disappoint. The follow-up, Songs of Separation, is generally considered to be the best Krishna-core offering from 108, but with its rawness and more spiritual focus Holyname has more than its share of nice moments. Song highlights include the disc's title track and a powerful end section that includes "Slave," "Liar," and "Tulasi's Song." In fitting with the hardcore mold, the drumming and guitar riffs on Holyname are aggressive, metallic, and tight, while the vocals retain a tuneless punk flavor. Fans of Inside Out and other legends of the genre (especially the Hindu-inspired Cro-Mags) will no doubt enjoy 108. And while Songs of Separation is perhaps a better starting point, listeners could do much worse than Holyname when picking a title from the 108 catalog.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Anderson