Dead Even/Dissonant 

How to Start a Riot (split) (www.deadevenmusic.com)

Pissed about personality-morphing poseurs, Dead Even singer Jedediah "JC" Koszewski breathes fire, creating the urgent impression that nobody involved will live through the song. Over metalcore chug riffs and straight-up metal guitar solos, Dead Even -- voted best metal band in town by Scene readers two years running -- turns gang vocals into small-army vocals, and the violent final minute of "Cancerous Demonica" beats anything we've seen on Headbanger's Ball this month. Ditto for Michigan's Dissonant.

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