Now in heavy rotation: Damageplan’s “New Found Power” and In Flames’ “Colony”, both mentioned by The Secretary of The Hardcore (Doug) in a comment after I posted, “I’m just not feeling it” about the former.
Damageplan :: New Found Power :: Much better than I could have ever imagined from the 30s snippets offered by iTMS. Two guys from Pantera (not Phil, you do the research) have a new band, and they’re kickin’ serious ass. For the Google-lazy, here’s a hint: this is good, all-around, heavy shit, with the guitar and drums work we all loved from Pantera. I don’t have a truly-favorite song from the CD yet, but “Fuck You” is leading the pack.
In Flames :: Colony :: This one was released in 1999, if Amazon’s not full of shit. Doug says this is one of his favorites, and I can see why. Amazing guitar work. Even if it’s “highly technical”, these guys know how to write good songs that are hooky, catchy, and generally bad-muhfuckin-ass. As far as Swedish hardcore goes, I still haven’t bought the Soilwork CD that I said I would, but chances are that “Colony” will get far more play in the course of my life than anything from Soilwork.
Remembering Never :: women and children die first :: This past weekend, we’re at the record store, and Doug picks up a CD brandishing a sticker claiming:
This is Furious, Relentless Hardcore
For fans of Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, From Autumn to Ashes and Terror
So I bought it. You shouldn’t… unless you enjoy frequent and random tempo changes, unnecessary chugga-chug breakdowns (part of the aforementioned), and gratuitously disonant guitar shrieks in every song. Speaking of Pantera (weren’t we?), the only good thing about this CD is RN’s cover of “Strength Beyond Strength” as the hidden track. It’s fucking awesome, and worth the $13 I paid for the disc.