Single Review: Rotting Out - "Unforgiven"
Pure Noise Records
The Los Angeles hardcore scene is the stuff of the legends. As much as they’re known for Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, and ANTI, they’re just as widely recognized for shows that usually resulted in blood and violence. Taking pieces of that LA scene and smashing it together with influences of Suicidal Tendencies and Pennywise, Rotting Out formed in 2007 and caught the attention of the hardcore punk scene until being forced into hiatus following lead vocalist Walter Delgado’s arrest and jailtime for transporting marijuana. However, 2020 opens their next chapter with the release of Ronin this April – their first album in 7 years – and today, they’ve given us another glimpse of it with “Unforgiven.” The 2 ½ minute song instantly leans on the push of the guitars and pounding of the drums to drive you into the lead vocals of Delgado as he spews out lyrics of how being abused as a child affects you as an adult as you unfairly blame yourself which creates insecurities, low self-worth, guilt, etc. There is a small glimpse of light when you dig deep down into the lyrics and he sings the line, “was a weight I carried with me every day” – highlighting the “was” in that line, gives off the impression that as much as he is struggling, he also realizes that it’s the past. This is exactly what you’d expect from a hardcore punk rock song as far as sound is concerned. It’s driving, the spitfire vocals come at you with the proper frustration and angst, and it’s completely raw at its core. Where this separates itself from the pack, is that the subject matter is honest and real and something that not only Delgado clearly deals with day in and day out, but something that a majority of others bury deep inside and hide from the world, too.