Rule's new EP doesn't sound like anything else in Boston. Vocalist Mike Soltoff comes in somewhere between Eric Adams's more restrained vocals from Manowar's 1982 debut, Battle Hymns, and Neil Turbin's work with early Anthrax a year later. The music is hard, straightforward, and bullshit-free. "We have a one-guitar approach, so it doesn't come off as overly complicated," says Zavadoski. Rule sound like the kind of shit that needs to be first heard on cassette tape, and that tape needs to be stolen from your high-school girlfriend's slutty older sister, Cheryl. How that will play out in Boston's ever-changing rock scene remains to be seen. Not that they care.

"Most metal bands around town are rooted in Boston hardcore," says guitarist John Brookhouse. "There's also a lot of party metal, but we don't approach things that way. None of us are wearing bullet belts." Adds Zavadoski: "There are some local scenes, but we're not sure how we fit into them."

That's cool with the guys in Rule. "Not that we don't want to be part of any scene," Beadle says, "we're just comfortable doing our own thing."

RULE + DOUBLE NINES + HESSIAN + MY NEW DISASTER + I HAVE EARS | T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline Ave, Cambridge | August 3 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $10 | 617.492.0082 or 

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