Friday, July 10, 2015
Freedom- Pay the Price 7" review
Freedom- Pay The Price 7” review
I’ll just get this out of the way right now, even though the band members might not be so keen on this description- this is Face Reality, part II. Not the same band, but merely a continuation of the direction they were headed in when they had their untimely end. That being said, it IS an evolution as much as it is a continuation. This mixes the likes of classic hardcore punk a la Negative Approach, Straight Ahead, Blitz, etc. with mid-late 80s-style NYHC, and the only thing that can never be faked in a band, urban fucking grit. “Blank Stare” also lifts a line from the Sly Stallone movie Cobra, a nice touch. “I Refuse” has a vibe of man-versus-society, or rather, a narrative, something lacking in a lot of modern hardcore- too often, it is rife with songs about other individuals (not that they’re lacking here), a man-versus-man narrative that need not be as pervasive as it is.
This EP has everything you could want in a hardcore record- it’s fucking pissed, you can sing along, you can mosh, you can toe-tap, you can bang your head; if you like hardcore punk, you’ll like this. The vocals could be a smidge louder, but apart from that, this is a classic hardcore EP for the modern age. They have evolved greatly, and I’m proud to have been even a small part of it.