From the dark, heavily-wooded hills of Pennsylvania shines a beacon of hardcore music. Glasnost is that shining light uses ripping-riffs, pounding percussion, slick bass work, and a punch of vocals that illustrates the City of Steel still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Not only is Glasnost powerful in their approach, but they show potential to become one of the stepping stones and a staple of Pittsburgh Hardcore.
While with only a single studio release, Shade EP is hopeful and features a solid mix of both straight forward aggression, and a hopeful insight into the future of human nature. With Andrew Frassenei on vocals, Nate Rupert on guitar, Sam Frassenei on Bass, and Vincent Clark on the percussion, they create a stopping force that together, is the equivalent of an atom bomb. From the start of “Generations,” Glasnost moves steadily and creates momentum within the instrumentalists before coming to the first subsection of lyrics and continual breakdowns and start-ups that keep the action in a constant state of non-complacent power. The frequent changes in both tempo and style are attention grabbing and the consistent switches from both clean to growling vocals is one of Glasnost’s best attributes. Together, Glasnost works perfectly together and their energetic chemistry is apparent from start to finish on the Shade EP. Even when transition from track to track, Glasnost seems to capture the same level of energy, transferring it into a seguing power and releasing an entertaining, near fifteen-minute ride.