Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Follow the Leader- 6 song demo review (2011)
Follow the Leader- Six song demo review
What does one think of when thinking of hardcore? Everyone’s answer is different, but here are a few key common attributes that may come to mind: Anger/ frustration, simple rhyming pattern, powerful guitars, alternating slow fast drum beats, breakdowns, introversion, memorable choruses, a proletariat lean, and moshing. Even though this happens to describe most 90s style hardcore bands, there is still much diversity to speak of in hardcore. Here, there is a Detroit-bred anger in the vocals, and it isn’t forced, but natural (more than can be said for a lot of touring groups of today). The guitars have a powerful chugging push to them, barreling through the mid-tempo and sub-powerviolence-tempo beats with the same energy. Also, the band postulates a question that got me thinking: “Where Is All the Violence in Powerviolence?” As opposed to this, I would ask where the brutality in hardcore went. Answer this, and I’m sure we can bring it back. Not, not knock-down, drag-out fist fighting, but a healthy, energetic, bruise-inducing mosh pit. Stellar 90s-style hardcore that doesn’t always lack speed, and never lacks power. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, kids.