Monday, September 25, 2023

Demo Review: No Way Out "Demo 2023" (Criminalized) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: No Way Out
Location: Los Angeles, California
Country: USA
Genre: Hardcore
Demo: Demo 2023
Format: Cassette
Label: Criminalized
Release date: 2023
Once again with my habit of looking for new punk bands by typing “Punk demo 2023” into the search bar I have come across Demo 2023 by No Way Out! Unlike the last few bands I found this one is pure hardcore revelry! Even though it is coined as punk it is metallic in parts and in places it even has a grind/power-violence/thrash edge. One band that I can really hear while listening to this is Hatebreed! Jamey Jasta would be down like a clown while listening to No Way Out I’m quite sure!
The musicianship is very tight. The guitars are deep and powerful and the drums pound on with an almost machine-like and well orchestrated vibe. The vocals are pure hardcore—and again this is very much in the same vein as something produced by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta!
This was released on cassette and features six short tracks. You can check that out on Criminalized’s Store Envy or you can just view the band on YouTube or check them out on Instagram! There is not much info in the YouTube bio but I can make a stab that the coined term “LAHC” stands for Los Angeles Hardcore!
So…without further rambling I will just suggest that fans of visceral hardcore check this one out. The release is only short—but it is very solid and is a great “premonition” of “hopefully” things to come! -Devin J. Meaney

Track list:
1. Ego Trip
2. Dreamer's Disease
3. Stomp
4. All My Foes
5. Blitz
6. Cold Game

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