Pulling Teeth

Paranoid Delusions / Paradise Illusions EP

Written by: PP on 12/05/2009 19:35:28

Now here's an interesting one, the new Pulling Teeth EP "Paranoid Delusions/Paranoid Illusions". You've probably heard the name before, but the thing is Pulling Teeth have never been quite successful in writing a record that appeals to an audience outside the core of the hardcore genre. Their albums have varied between average and slightly above average, and only their strong DIY ethics have kept enough people interested to keep the band alive. Now enter this EP, where Pulling Teeth completely re-invents themselves, and I'm tempted to say the whole hardcore genre.

While most hardcore bands are content in playing just a few chords while yelling the honor/family values in every song they write, Pulling Teeth have scratched away all genre-preconceptions and aren't just thinking outside the box here, they're making more boxes in every direction you look. What the hell am I talking about? Well take "Ritual", which delves straight into funeral doom territory with lengthy build ups that rival those of Ahab before launching into ear-bruising hardcore. This is Jacob Bannon's (Converge) label Deathwish Inc, so nothing short of skull-crushing won't do in the first place, but the breakneck speed rumbling bass and the Slayer-esque murderous shredding creates a hardcore sound that at least the undersigned hasn't previously come across; the band simply jumps from doom-hardcore into thrash metal in a split-second decision.

The same theme repeats itself throughout the record. But even though Pulling Teeth explore a wide array of different genres on "Paranoid Delusions/Paranoid Illusions" EP, the whole time there's an underlying feel that this is a vicious, metallic hardcore record and you're listening to hardcore music, no matter how experimental it is in this case. It's experimental without sounding pretentious, and it's certainly a breath of fresh air into the stale hardcore scene.


Download: Ritual, Paradise Illusions
For the fans of: Trash Talk, Ceremony, Shipwreck A.D.
Listen: Myspace

Release date 31.03.2009
Deathwish Inc

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