Eternal Struggle-Year of The Gun album review. FFO: Epic, crushing and classic hardcore.
Eternal Struggle-Year of The Gun album review. FFO: Epic, crushing, and classic hardcore like Sworn Enemy, All Out War, First Blood, and Biohazard etc.
Year of The Gun is the band's debut album and is 13 tracks (plus one bonus remix) of pacey old-school hardcore with tons of groove and brilliant thrash metal touches. One minute it dips into face-ripping hardcore like classic Sworn Enemy/Madball, then it diverts into deeper toned and catchy grooves like peak period Biohazard. And it never settles for a second, it just punches and pushes harder and harder. It even has the skillset to dip into the crossover magic stylings of Brazil's R.D.P. etc. Even if it wasn't their debut release, you would hold this album in high acclaim. This is a flawless album, the aggressive riffs lather you in thick guitar layers, and then like both classic death metal and hardcore bands; the pummeling drums dictate so much. This is not to pay less respect to the basswork and vocals. These are equally overwhelming, the bass is so in sync with the forward and dynamic nature of the album. It just keeps your head moving and you want to mosh until the floor breaks. And vocally, Ori is one of the best hardcore vocalists I have heard in ages; sitting comfortably between a Lou Koller style, Max Cavalera metal range, and Karl from Earth Crisis. And that's a huge compliment because these are personally three of my fave vocal artisans.