Recommended download: Remembering Never – From My Cold Dead Hands
Wow, look at that. It’s on time this week. I’m getting back to a semi-regular schedule this week, thankfully. I’ve got some short album reviews this week, as well as a few small news bits. Enjoy.
Silverstein – When Broken Is Easily Fixed: One word for this album, amazing. I’ll admit, these days it seems that screamo/hardcore bands are a dime a dozen. Everyone’s doing it. Well, not everyone is doing it as well as Silverstein. I’ve noticed something with most of the screamo bands that are out there today. You either get a vocalist with excellent screams and mediocre singing, or you get a vocalist with excellent singing and mediocre screams. Shane Told, Silverstein vocalist, offers up the top notch shit in both areas. These guys offer up the best in aggressive, energetic, emotion-laced hardcore. This is truly one of the best albums I’ve purchased since Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking the Fallen. This is the perfect album for fans of A Static Lullaby, Finch, Thrice, and Story of the Year.
Recommended tracks: Giving Up, Smashed Into Pieces
Alexisonfire – S/T: Proof that screamo/hardcore isn’t dying out anytime soon. On their debut album, Alexisonfire dish out 11 tracks of pure, nonstop energy. The harsh, throat scratching screams backed by mind-blowing instrumentals makes for a winning combination. They have excellent lyrics as well. Lyrics which make the listener think, and at times will have you wondering “what the hell were they thinking about when they wrote this.” Granted, they’re not exactly doing anything new or innovative, but one listen to this album and you’ll know they’re definitely not just another screamo band. For fans of A Static Lullaby, From Autumn to Ashes, and Funeral for a Friend.
Recommended tracks: 44.Caliber Love Letter, The Kennedy Curse
Vaux – There Must Be Some Way to Stop Them: After first hearing Ride Out Bitch, then seeing them perform at Warped Tour 03, I’ve been meaning to pick up their album. But instead, I waited. What the hell was I thinking? I tried to come up with a way to describe this bands sound, and this is the best I came up with; Grungy garage rock and Hardcore had a hot and steamy one night stand, and Vaux is the bastard child that came afterwards. I think the first line of the first track says it all though, “This is the anthem of the year and I’m fucking gold.” There’s really nothing more to say other than give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, after listening to this album the only thing I was lacking was an explanation to why it took me so long to finally buy it. For fans of Snapcase and The Bronx.
Recommended tracks: Set It To Blow, Ride Out Bitch
Keep an eye out for the Rock Against Bush Volume 1 album, which is being released in April on Fat Wreck Chords. The compilation will contain 26 songs, 18 of those will be unreleased. There will be unreleased songs from Alkaline Trio, The Ataris, Against Me, Anti-Flag, NOFX, and others.
The Warped Tour Internet presale has begun. The cost is $23.74, which gets you a ticket to the event as well as a copy of the Warped Tour 2004 Compilation CD. Warped Tour
That’s it for this week. Stick a fork in me because I’m done. Thanks for reading.
4 replies on “Wasted Words 19”
hardcore is not really my scene…. we need more hardcore kids on this site though, i just realised you’re like the only one.
besides that, i’m psyched for the rock against bush CD/ tour
and man i should get my warped tix it’s like 36 through ticketmaster normally i think
Just going through all of my past articles, reading comments that I might have missed. Thanks for commenting John. I wish more people would follow suit, but yeah. I’ve only recently gotten into hardcore music really. It’s funny, because I was introduced to punk rock through Blink 182 and Bad Religion, and I’ve slowly worked my way through and gotten into harder music. Of course, I still like all of the other stuff that introduced me to the scene, but hardcore is kinda “my thing” for now. Shitty part is, my area doesn’t have any type of hardcore scene. Everyone’s all about the metal, with a few punk bands scattered here and there. A lot of the bigger metal bands in the area are death metal too(aside from Oblique, Hellwinkle, and Mantis), which is definitely not for me. Screaming is one thing, growling into the micrphone is another.
“Screaming is one thing, growling into the micrphone is another.”
amen brother, amen
Alexisonfire Rock my socks off…I LOVE HARDCORE ROCK!! Seemless, KSE, any band with JDL, Most Precious Blood, and many many more…