Retox, ‘Ugly Animals’ (Ipecac)
The charm of spazzcore eccentrics the Locust ?was that the song was ?over before you finished reading its title. But hardcore has evolved into a hairier beast since their 2003 breakout, Plague Soundscapes, to the ?point where frontman ?Justin Pearson and drummer Gabe Serbian’s new band, Retox, sounds downright traditional. The entirety of their debut boasts fewer fresh ideas than one lousy Fucked Up seven-inch. Tracks like “The World Is Ending and It’s About Time” and “Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five Pound Sack” retain their old band’s unintelligible, shrieking brevity (minus the synths), but Ugly Animals is little more than song-per-minute hardcore.