From the ashes of a pandemic stricken Long Beach, CA comes MOMENT OF FEAR! Long time PDX based screamer extraordinaire INSANE AKA Tony Bartek (of RELIGIOUS WAR, THE CORPSE, ROTTEN CADAVER and loads of others) has returned to his ancestral homeland to churn out more of that ace hardcore punk he's become known for over the past few decades. Mastered by Jack Control and featuring cover art by Todd Janeczek, the 3 tracks on the "COVID SESSIONS 2020 EP" are a barrage of hardcore racket that will please the ears of absolute maniacs and purists alike.
Our take: Moment of Fear is a new project from Tony Bartek (Religious War, the Corpse, Rotten Cadaver) and their debut release, Covid Sessions 2020, is on Beach Impediment so you know it’s good. When I dropped the needle on “Asphyxiation,” the first thing that struck me was that Bartek’s vocal style reminded me of Out Cold, which is high praise from me. Like Out Cold, the music is gruff and aggressive, but with a heavy, oi!-ish groove a la Negative Approach, and a sense of catchiness that’s just enough to make the songs interesting and memorable without sounding cheesy. While the entire EP is in that vein, each song opens up to a wider sphere of influences, culminating in the metallic, nearly 5-minute “Target for Killing.” That song’s fist-pumping riff reminds me of Kill by Remote Control-era Toxic Reasons, but the double bass drumming, catchy guitar hooks, and mean sensibility mean tug the track in a bunch of different directions at the same time. As with most everything on Beach Impediment, this is my kind of hardcore: angry, smart, inventive, and ambitious.