Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mishap - What Can Be Done

What Can Be Done? cover art

Mishap have long been one of my favorite local hardcore bands. Their thrash metal tinged brand of hardcore showcases a band who know exactly what they want to do and precisely how to do it. There is something inherently exciting about these dudes. Sure they don't tune super low, and they rarely emphasize breakdowns, but in a world where so much hardcore does exactly that Mishap are able to stand out. Their debut full length What Can Be Done stands as an exciting testament to the enduring and exciting power that hardcore has.

I think a large part of what charms me with this band is their inherent sense of groove. The minor threat worship on tracks like Helping Hand makes this band just profoundly enjoyable. The circle pit head stomping magic of the guitar attack that makes tracks like Fallen On Deaf Ears so special fuels What Can Be Done and serves as a fitting canvas for some tasty old school hardcore vocals. That being said, I know for a fact that the bands frontman has a black metal side project and that definitely ebbs into his attack here and there, helping to keep Mishap unique and exciting. Mishap wear their influences on their collective sleeve and their amalgamation it makes for a fresh sound that will put a smile on your face and some grit into your stomp.

From the chaotic album art to the gang vocals that provide so much flavor to What Can Be Done Mishap have manage to craft a tasty and exciting record that few of their local peers can compete with. With a rather distinct sound Mishap are unafraid to break the rules, but fit well within the hardcore canon. It makes for a record that stands up incredible well after repeat listens. Sure, I may be romanticizing some pretty straightforward music, but that's the magic of hardcore. Mishap have put together something that can inspire with What Can Be Done and listening to their balls out sonic assault will leave you scraping your jaw from the floor.

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