Originally to be released by COOLGUY RECORDS at the turn of the century, this long awaited 10″ is here at long last for the masses who crave nothing but noise and hardcore. Produced by Billy Anderson of Neurosis, Logical Nonsense and Mr. Bungle fame. A MUST HAVE!
EXFORK’s A Cure For the Common Disease Called Man 10? is a loud explosion of hardcore and metal that sonically serrates more like a disease than a cure. While the band has long since broken up (2000), A Cure thunders with a style that fits somewhere between UNSANE and BOTCH… certainly a forward-pushing style at the time the tracks were recorded (before the split). Producer Billy Anderson (NEUROSIS, THE MELVINS, JAWBREAKER) finely captures EXFORK’s dark, raw sound…one of a serious band with an honest concern. Drummer Mike Felix (TOY’S THAT KILL) anchors the assault with an agility that gives each of the eight tracks a clean and necessary vibrance. Atop that, Mike McGill and Sean Rodriguez’s grungy guitars splash the soundtrack with an uneasy dissonance. EXFORK’s Cure is a fierce capsule of sound that still can dance amongst the sounds of today’s heavy bands.
Heavy plummeting ‘core with a darker edge. If not quite stretching any boundries it’s still serviceable to your needs. The left turns made on such tunes as “Broken Glass” promises good things ahead as well. Only 400 made.
(David) SHREDDING PAPER, #18, Fall 2004
Damn this is really impressive. Dark, droning slow to midtempo hardcore that is more original than I can make it sound in a review. The best aspect of the music has to be the drums, which just happens to be played by Mike Felix of Toys That Kill. Highly recommended.
(TK) PUNK PLANET, #62, July/August 2004
Totally dissonant power house monotonous grooves, the sort that you get super into or super bored by. More than likely though, if you like a heavy slightly droning style to nod your head to, then ExFork from So.Cal. will have you stoked. Combining elements the way MITB did years ago or that bands like Isis have done more recently – creating a soundscape of dissonant heavy riffs, some sometimes noisy tangents and sometimes totally rockin grooves. For the style they’re playing, I’m into it – they don’t get monotonous in a boring way and they don’t get noisy in an irritating way. They draw on all these elements and maintain structure. Say noise core and I’m going the other direction, but these guys keep it interesting and having Billy Anderson involved not only gives potential fans a lead in, but also helps out for the sludge style no doubt. A head turner for sure.
(Chris) SLUG & LETTUCE, #79 Spring 2004
This is noisy hardcore with borderline cookie monster vocals – but on the good side of that vocal border. It’s a perfect soundtrack for a fucked up day. Musically, the band is tight, tense, and always on the verge of an explosion. It’s not what I normally listen to, but I like it. I don’t know if this will help anyone, but ExFork sounds like how I hoped The Locust would sound like when I first heard about The Locust.
(Sean) RAZORCAKE, Issue #19, April/May 2004
Dark, threatening hardcore with a real menacing atmosphere. This is intimidating stuff and that’s just my kinda style!! You a hardcore poser? Yeah, then fuck off because this will fuck you up. I can’t stand sporty hardcore shit…this is the side that we represent.
NO FRONT TEETH UK webzine
Pummeling drums and crunchy distorted rhythms, noise-edged structures, scratchy throated and effected vocals, reminiscent to me of a much much more restrained Combat Wounded Veteran, or a more focused Bucketful of Teeth, or the Orchid or… The engineer was Billy Anderson, of Neurosis, Unsane, Melvins, etc. recording fame, known for some thick and heavy production. If any of the above groups you feel a kinship with, then Exfork would be up your alley, maybe drinking and smoking and making a bunch of noise, damned be the neighbors. The drummer of Toys That Kill drives their group’s tempo, if you’re keeping score.
(WM) MAXIMUMROCKNROLL, Issue #251, April 2004