Virginia Creep
Dark Corners
(2018)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre:
Hard rock, Grunge
Sounds Like:
Helmet, Far, Unsane
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Virginia Creep has brought us back to the intense grunge/hardcore days of the 90s when bands like Unsane, Far and Helmet were new to the scene. These bands possessed a fresh style of heaviness that crossed into so many rock territories. From the scrapping hardcore style of Unsane to the more post-grunge heaviness of Far, there was a new wave of heavy rock upon us. The foursome from Washington, D.C. have somehow honed in on these styles of rock and crafted a sweet three song EP of dark and heavy grunge with a tinge of punk on Dark Corners

The bands’ second EP, released through Robotic Empire Records is loaded with infectious grunge-like rhythms and crisp percussion. Vocalist J.R. Hayes has that raw tone that really ties the music together and helps conjure up the memories of the aforementioned bands. The constant change-ups within the the music will keep you on your toes as the EP constantly sounds fresh. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.5 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.4 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
8.3 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.4 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.4 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.5 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.5 of 11

Production Value
8.8 of 11

Standout Track(s)
The first cut “Jean of Arlington” will draw you in, it builds up beautifully with sharp start-stop action and “Lucas” is 3 minutes of drudging chaos.

Alcohol Pairing
Lets go with a brew from Virginia and grab some Mai Bock by Devils Backbone Brewery. This German-style Maibock is a striking hazy orange color. Medium in body with delicious bready notes.

Lasting Impression 
It’s been a while since we honed in on a band with this sound, it feels genuine and not just some hardcore ripoff band. Although this is an EP, we hear great strides from their previous release. We are yearling for a full length in the near future. 

Tracklist:
1. Jean Of Arlington 04:36
2. Sinister Muse 04:42
3. Lucas 03:06 

VIRGINIA CREEP 
J.R. Hayes - vocals 
Aaron Mason - guitar 
Christopher Wright - bass guitar 
Ben Tufts - drums

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