This has to be one of the heaviest and culturally relevant submissions i’ve received in a long time. Experimental hardcore band Price Of Life has just dropped a killer EP appropriately titled, The Games We Play. The mini record opens up with sludgy hardcore nostalgia and guitar solo work like a gat out of hell. Standing true to the classic hardcore sound wile flexing fresh and original passion. A stand out first track that has me glued to my seat as i’ve come to terms with the fact i’m about to strap in and listen to this release all the way though.
The next few tracks drastically pick up the pace. Flashbacks of mosh pits at DIY shows in the most random and unlikely of places consume my mind. I fell out of metal for over 10 years and turned to rap but I can tell you this. Price Of Life is a refreshingly REAL hardcore band. When it comes to metal, I am a tough critic. Every song on this release is RAW yet FLAWLESS. These are REAL instruments recorded LIVE. No overboard processing. No tidal wave of effects. Just raw tones, and pure emotion. But wait, there’s more. I was already feeling it, I was already impressed. But then the next song hits and I am blown away all over again.
This title track is the song that qualified this band to be featured in a Scream Rap / Rap Metal publication in the first place. The Games We Play is a technically a Trap Metal / Hardcore song. Mainly because it features a rapper. But not just any rapper, literally one of the hardest rappers coming up in the industry right now. A MF REAL MC known worldwide as Murkemz. ALL CLOUT ASSIDE, this is genuinely one of the most technically precise and passionate rappers i’ve heard in a long time. I’m not talking trendy trap lyrics over club beats. Murkemz spits REAL BARS, and he delivers his lyricisms viciously and unapologetically. To hear him rap with not just any band, but a band as solid and energetic as Price Of Life had me out of my seat, moshing in my usually quiet office of solitude. THIS RECORD IS LEGENDARY ON MULTIPLE LEVELS. A collision of legendary energies on one song. A must add for your personal playlist.
Price Of Life brings their EP to a conclusion with a heavy multi-metal genre track. What began as thrash, turned into deathmetal / deathcore, followed by godly guitar solos, topped off with some solid bow throwing hardcore slam. Got damn. Im about to take a smoke break and just take this all in. This is something I want to physically hold in my hands and add to my personal collection of underground gems. What an honor that I got to write a review on this.
The Games We Play by Price Of Life out now on all major streaming platforms. Rated 11/10 by DEADLY and that is not a typo.