Man I love hardcore, and I'm talking about that East Coast, New York
hardcore that was best epitomized by the late eighties scene of The
Gorilla Biscuits and New Model Army, and the more listener
friendly Avail. Now this split CD [from With Honor and
The Distance] just brings back all of those good memories.
With Honor leads with intense displays of hardcore rhythm, yet adds
smoother vocal lines that are better appreciated for the uninitiated
hardcore aficionado. All songs were equally memorable for their movement
and catchiness of energy and vocal lines. With this genre it is hard
to accurately emphasize the nuances within each song, but here they
make it effortless as split second breaks melt into different sections.
What The Distance lacks in singable lines, they make up for in tenacity,
as they bludgeon the material into a submissive state. They also make
clean use of changes that accent the songs nicely, "We're All
Here. Alive and Unwell" being a prime example of correct interchange.
Overall though, they come across as more muddy compared to their counterparts
- but compared to most hardcore recordings this is still pristine.
Ultimately, this split is a worthy introduction to these bands, and
probably to hardcore music if you didn't know what that was all about.
Pick it up.
1) Guns for Hire
2) Long Story Short
3) Pipe Dream
4) Phase One of the Plan Succeeds
5) It's a Long Way Down
6) We're All Here. Alive and Unwell
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