These fellows wasted no time once San Francisco imposed shelter-in-place guidelines this past spring, and the physical tape was in hand in just a few months. Completely conceived, written and recorded in the respective members homes, Vomit And Oblivion is seven tracks of Bay Area thrash - actual crossover in the truest sense. EMPTY CITIES take hc/pv grunts and blasts, ripping hardcore, and erratic fretboard gymnastics ("Extermintae" anyone?) and make it all belong inside sub-90 second doses of fist banging mosh. The brainchild of Alex (THESE BASTARDS, MORBID LIFE SOCIETY, CFD) and Dave (THESE BASTARDS, VENKMAN), who recruited an old head named Adam (THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW) to bash the can....I kinda wonder if this is the (d)evolution of new bands for the foreseeable future? On the one hand, I hope not, because I miss volume and I miss sweat. Then again, if Covid-era hardcore sounds like EMPTY CITIES, then I can probably be convinced.