Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New Society of Anarchists-For the Forgotten CD Review

NOSA remind me of all those bands I saw when I first started hearing newer "hardcore" in the 90s. Half of the bands were emo and half were just metalheads that got beaten up at metal shows and couldn't play for shit anyway, so they played "hardcore". They listened to all the Boston bands that were tough and could actually play (Blood for Blood), and a lot of the late 80s/early 90s NYHC bands (SOIA, Cro-Mags, Madball, Biohazard, etc) but they were playing the most watered down, bullshit versions of songs that other people already wrote and passing it off as "traditional" hardcore. They also developed some really silly dance routines. It was all basically metal made by people who weren't good enough to actually play metal, so they took out everything except the moshing.

I can't tell any songs off this record apart. Every song sounds like an early Throwdown demo. There's the fast metal riff part with some gruff vocals, then a bridge that makes you want to jump up and down and run into people with gruff vocals, and then a part that's really good for punching the floor and spin kicking your best friends girlfriend who's just trying to take a video of the band (with gruff vocals).

Sorry, dudes.

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Anonymous said...

you've written one of the best definition of this anomaly called hardcore-metal, metalcore, or 90's hardcore.
I was too young to listen to hardcore in the 80's. I discovered it in the 90's but the bands were long gone. so I tried to listen to throwdown, hatebreed, spudmonsters, 25 ta life (bleurrrg...), but never seen (or heard) the connection with the music I loved.
for those (like me) who didn't know where to find the real thing, it was a terrible decade. fortunately there was amphetamine reptile, crypt and dischord.
now we're in 2007 and I can hear (and see sometimes) great bands like career suicide, the spits, mika miko, outcold, deadfall, skate korpse (thank you)... and always listen to black flag of course.
hardcore metal is just a bad memory now.

Ian EBH said...

The style is still around in the US, but thankfully it's gone more mainstream so you don't see it at underground or DIY hardcore shows too much anymore. There are A LOT more of the "bro" dudes who think they're into hardcore walking around, but they rarely ever come to shows.

Hell, Jayme Jasta (of Hatebreed, not sure if his name is spelled right), is now hosting Headbangers Ball on MTV now.