“Looking at the cover of “Guilted Palace of Sin,” the new Guilt Parade EP, you’ll notice the emphasis on the word “sin;” it’s emblazoned in a stamplike, serif font and positioned dead center. Sin is just as easy to find off the cover. Guilt Parade, a hardcore punk band from Washington DC, spends the short time on their record railing against society’s most egregious and incessant sins — war, greed, power — over jagged guitar riffs and D-beat drums to create chaotic yet tight songs of opposition for the modern era.” -Ned Russin
Our take: Debut vinyl from this DC hardcore band featuring a bunch of scene veterans. While there are obvious influences from the worlds of Scandinavian and Japanese hardcore (Framtid’s density and Totalitär’s catchy riffing style come to mind), I think what makes Guilt Parade unique is their ability to light up the dance floor with a crushing mid-paced part. “Victim Insane,” “B.B.T.B.,” and “G.P. (Reprise)” sound like a wall of death coming right at you, and as with Torso these moments serve as a reprieve from the all out attack. Bruising.