When or whether they will get to a full-length is unclear. For the present, they're enjoying themselves and not worrying about the logistical nightmares of having members in at least three fully-touring-and-recording bands. "So far," explains Wells, "we're just doing this DIY. We paid for the recording, we book the shows, we pressed the CDs." Fair: "The metal scene nowadays has grown so much and become a little more business oriented, and this band reminds me of when we first started doing it, where it was fun to just go out and play fast."

They did just that at their first informal gig in Lunenburg a few weeks ago. Their second show was the much higher-profile New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. But for a band of old friends and seasoned pros, the metalcore limelight is no big deal — they're having too much fun just writing songs and crushing heads. "Metal, to me," Fair notes, "is all about pushing the extremes, with speed, shredding, brutal vocals. But then you hear old hardcore and you think, 'Oh, right, you can write great songs!' "

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