Yeah, I've been gone for a while. I saw some great bands, played some really good shows and hung out with the kind of people that help validate one's existence. But never mind the stories and the self congratulatory back slapping and dive right back into the mix with Budapest's NORMS. There are NINPULATORS personnel involved in this trainwreck so the level of quality should come as no surprise, but this shit is seriously dark and exceptionally compelling in a way that a mere collection of ill riffs cannot even approach. The scream of "ANTISOCIAL!" in the demo's opening track sets the stage for eleven minutes of mental abuse disguised brilliantly as destructive hardcore punk. Guitars are beaten more than played, and the pace is frenetic rather than simply fast. NORMS are pure and honest, and the truth can sometimes be very ugly indeed.