Nunhex’s debut EP Disruptive Deception is not a bad release1 by any stretch of the imagination, but it does have the issue of being nearly unintelligible. When your lyrics are indistinguishable from shouting HOOBA-DOOBA-DOOBA2 over and over, there’s a problem; especially in hardcore punk, as punk rock is – arguably more than any other genre except for folk music – notable for its lyrical content and message rather than its quality of musicianship or atmosphere. This is an un-ignorable aspect when the band markets a counterculture or counterpolitical image. Disruptive Deception has a mosh-pit atmosphere and fist-pumping d-beat/crust; however, being unable to hear anything except for the occasional UHH-HUAH is frustrating.3
1. Take Control – (1:32) – ★★★☆☆
2. Poison Society – (1:04) – ★★☆☆☆
3. Schoolage – (1:13) – ★★★☆☆
4. Disruptive Deception – (1:05) – ★★☆☆☆
[UPDATE 26 April 2016: Changed the overall rating from two-and-a-half stars to two stars.]
1Hard to screw up when your album is four tracks in five minutes.
2Ironically, I love listening to Napalm Death’s Scum. But that’s kinda the point of grindcore: the bastards don’t take themselves seriously.
3But if that’s exactly what your band is going for, guess one can’t complain too much. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯