René Descartes famously said, "I think, therefore I am." But he was afraid to classify himself a "rational animal" because "then I should have to inquire what an animal is, what rationality is, and in this one question would lead me down the slope to other harder ones." Heady queries indeed, bro. Luckily, Rochester, New York, outfit Rational Animals don't require as much philosophizing. They play straight-up hardcore punk, in the vein of Black Flag or Bl'ast, but lean hard on the metal spectrum, too. The combo's music is filled with layered guitars and enough low, murderous growls to slap a shit-eating grin on Henry Rollins' mug. No doubt sick of such comparisons,... More >>>