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53 reviews for Victory Records:

A Perfect Murder, "War of Aggression" A Perfect Murder
War of Aggression
Victory Records
2007
A Perfect Murder really did start out their career sounding like a metalcore band. It didn’t take these Canucks much time, though, to feel out the need to add more thrash and a shit-kicker attitude to their repertoire. The group’s third full-length effort sounds more like a simpler, Phil Anselmo-fronted version of The Haunted than something an angry...
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A Perfect Murder, "War of Aggression" A Perfect Murder
War of Aggression
Victory Records
2007
I saw these cats live a few years back and remember them being a fairly straight forward, breakdown-fueled metalcore band, but since then the band apparently listened to a whole lot of Pantera. I mean a whole lot. And a little Alice In Chains, too. Start with a base of Vulgar Display of Power style groovy, hook-filled riffing and add a...
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A Perfect Murder, "Strength Through Vengeance" A Perfect Murder
Strength Through Vengeance
Victory Records
2005
Canada’s A Perfect Murder profess that with Metallica too old and Pantera no longer, one ought to pick up Strength Through Vengeance. I can’t agree with the band more emphatically, because the music on the band’s second Victory Records release is fucking smoking, cool and fun. Though I don’t know anything about APM’s music prior to this disc,...
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A Perfect Murder, "Unbroken" A Perfect Murder
Unbroken
Victory Records
2004
A Perfect Murder hail from Canada, which may (or may not) play in their favor, depending on how you feel about our northern neighbors. Living so far in the South, I tend to think of Canada as an exotic land ice, populated by hairy demonic hordes who dominate the hockey rinks while swigging beer and listening to metal....
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A Perfect Murder, "Unbroken" A Perfect Murder
Unbroken
Victory Records
2004
Ahh, Victory Records, my how the mighty have fallen... Nah, A Perfect Murder is not that bad, just that anyone into hardcore has heard this before. Unbroken is very reminiscent of Hatebreed, minus A LOT of the mosh and anger. Hints of Shutdown and just about any of the hundreds of posi-sXe-hardcore bands out there pop up, along with a...
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A18, "Dear Furious" A18
Dear Furious
Victory Records
2004
More old school-ish hardcore coming from Victory via the odd named A18. Much more punk oriented riffing, very straight forward, akin to older Revelation Records stuff, like Gorilla Biscuits and the like. Gruff shouting/singing with a good NYHC vibe, reminds me of Indecision. The main thing I am really digging about this record are the song titles/lyrics, good stuff like...
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A18, "Dear Furious" A18
Dear Furious
Victory Records
2004
So-Cal hardcore from good ol† Victory Records, A18 are three pissed off guys playing hardcore with all the furious intensity of, well, three pissed off guys playing hardcore. I'll admit right out of the box that this has a bit more going for it than "just” hardcore… and I don't mean a metalcore-du-jour thing, either. No,...
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All Out War, "Condemned to Suffer" All Out War
Condemned to Suffer
Victory Records
2003
"I will watch this world burn and I await the fall." Let's face it; Slayer is no longer the powerhouse it used to be but just a name for the four middle-age men to hide behind. Consequently, there are plenty of modern bands that do that style better. All Out War is one of them. Apprentices in the making for...
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Arise and Ruin, "The Final Dawn" Arise and Ruin
The Final Dawn
Victory Records
2007
Ontario’s Arise and Ruin are trying so hard not to be the typical metal/death-core act on their debut, The Final Dawn. The riffs on many of the songs do show a particular adeptness and taste for mid/late 90s thrash and melodic death metal, while the vocals, though hardcore-ish are pretty heavy and tolerable. Where their material fails them...
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Atreyu, "A Death Grip On Yesterday" Atreyu
A Death Grip On Yesterday
Victory Records
2006
Before writing this review I had to play The Curse again just to see if Atreyu really have always been as lame as they sound on A Death-Grip on Yesterday. The answer is no, they were actually a metal band even one album ago. You see, the 9 tracks on Atreyu’s third album sound lethargic, whiney and uninspired...
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Atreyu, "A Death Grip On Yesterday" Atreyu
A Death Grip On Yesterday
Victory Records
2006
So this is the new Atreyu record. Call me crazy, but I was looking forward to hearing this one, if only to see how much towards the radio dial the band could've gone since 2004's The Curse. That record combined, dare I say it, pop mentality with hardcore-infused metal in a way that was ultimately rewarding, even though I could...
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Atreyu, "The Curse" Atreyu
The Curse
Victory Records
2004
The intro titled "Blood Children" ends and Atreyu explode into "Bleeding Mascara," a track that is as likely to get stuck in your head as it is to have you thinking that the rest of The Curse will surely leave you a corpse. The band really begins things without any fucking around. The music is fast,...
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Atreyu, "The Curse" Atreyu
The Curse
Victory Records
2004
Everyone has a guilty pleasure. It's difficult to admit that in between listens to Destroyer 666 and Naglfar this writer enjoys some of the softer, more melodic sounds of the hardcore scene. I've been a fan of Atreyu ever since I first heard their Victory Records debut Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses. Taking the best elements from metal, hardcore, and...
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Bayside, "The Walking Wounded" Bayside
The Walking Wounded
Victory Records
2007
After the untimely death of former drummer John Holohan while on tour a few years back, Bayside has since rebounded with an acoustic CD/DVD and now presents the band's new album, The Walking Wounded, enlisting the help of a session and tour drummer in place of Holohan. Featuring sounds that nestle in nicely at label home Victory Records, The Walking...
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Between the Buried and Me, "Colors" Between the Buried and Me
Colors
Victory Records
2007
Irony, while immediately gratifying to the senses, shouldn't be the main precept for a true artist's output. While Between the Buried and Me are trying very hard to morph themselves into a kind of artistic legitimacy from their Dillinger-emulating metalcore past, the means by which they're attempting this are too annoyingly juvenile to warrant actual validity. While this record is...
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Between the Buried and Me, "Colors" Between the Buried and Me
Colors
Victory Records
2007
When Between the Buried and Me released their sophomore album, ‘The Silent Circus’, back in 2003, it met with instant and nearly unanimous critical acclaim. Although the approach is relatively commonplace today, their progressive and technical themes were both unique and surprisingly genuine. Critics and fans alike prized them as a personal favorite band, America’s premier metal act, the saviors...
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Between the Buried and Me, "The Anatomy Of" Between the Buried and Me
The Anatomy Of
Victory Records
2006
Well, it must be that time of year again. We know it's time for Ozzfest and Sounds of the Underground to roll around when we start to see limited-edition repackaging and 'deluxe' versions of records only a year old. That might not be the case for Beneath The Buried And Me, which I applaud them for, but what's the next...
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Between the Buried and Me, "Alaska" Between the Buried and Me
Alaska
Victory Records
2005
"We conquer by continuing". This famous quote is the only way I can explain how a band in turmoil not only made a comeback but also recorded the best album of its career. With a self titled release on Germany's Lifeforce records, the star of Between the Buried and Me (BtBaM) shone bright but a rapid move to Victory...
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Between the Buried and Me, "The Silent Circus" Between the Buried and Me
The Silent Circus
Victory Records
2003
The Silent Circus had to be one of the most anticipated albums by the hardcore community in 2003. Not only is it the band's first on the hardcore mogul Victory Records but it also happens to be its first written from the scratch, as a few songs off the self-titled release were composed during the Prayer for Cleansing sessions. Unfortunately,...
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Bury Your Dead, "Beauty and the Breakdown" Bury Your Dead
Beauty and the Breakdown
Victory Records
2006
Massachusetts' Bury Your Dead named tracks from the band's last release after Tom Cruise movies. How do you follow that one up? Well what the hell, why not just name an entire record after fairytales, complete with fairytale book-esque layout? Somehow managing to sell 60,000 copies of the last record, Cover Your Tracks, despite being heavier than a kick to...
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Bury Your Dead, "Cover Your Tracks" Bury Your Dead
Cover Your Tracks
Victory Records
2004
Maybe it’s that I’ve just been listening to way too much Blood Red Throne recently, but Bury Your Dead’s Cover Your Tracks seems like hardcore’s answer to the straight-up, old-school approach to death metal. Fuck Hatebreed (over and over and over again), because Bury Your Dead play the tough guy hardcore role far better. The 12 tracks on...
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Comeback Kid, "Broadcasting..." Comeback Kid
Broadcasting...
Victory Records
2007
Winnipeg's hardcore heroes Comeback Kid have, well, come back again with Broadcasting..., the follow up to the band's Victory Records debut, and shout-along anthem heavy Wake The Dead, bringing the band's characteristic hardcore screams, shout alongs and aggressive pacing along for the ride. Not straying too far from the band's back catalog sound, fans of Comeback Kid will know what...
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Comeback Kid, "Wake the Dead" Comeback Kid
Wake the Dead
Victory Records
2004
Positive old school hardcore with a few modern elements, Comeback Kid does not bring anything new to the table yet still manages to deliver a fun record for kids to enjoy. If a more polished, catchier version of Bane has you intrigued, by all means pick this up. "Wake up the Dead" will knock you off your seat with its...
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Damnation A.D., "In This Life or the Next" Damnation A.D.
In This Life or the Next
Victory Records
2007
“Knot” kicks in after a short intro, and you know that Damnation A.D. aren’t at all like the horde of new-school, Hatebreed-ripoff, hardcore acts. These guys have apparently been around for a long time, and In this Life or the Next is supposed to be a reunion of sorts for the band. The music on the album is...
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Darkest Hour, "Deliver Us" Darkest Hour
Deliver Us
Victory Records
2007
Darkest Hour follow up their absolutely huge Undoing Ruin with Deliver Us, a disc that plays like In Flames’ Clayman when compared to Colony or The Conductor’s Departure following Anata’s brilliant Under a Stone with no Inscription. It’s the big shiny disc-two that still rocks hard but lacks the surprise and genius of the former. For this reason,...
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Darkest Hour, "Undoing Ruin" Darkest Hour
Undoing Ruin
Victory Records
2005
Finally! This is the sound of hardcore kids (men) playing metal. This is the way it should be and Darkest Hour have shot themselves and everyone else catering to exploited Swedish death metal in the foot. These Virginian hoods have proved worthy adversaries of every other band in this now completely bastardized genre. After the mediocre Victory debut So Sedate,...
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Darkest Hour, "Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation" Darkest Hour
Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation
Victory Records
2003
As much as I like Darkest Hour, I have always been the band's biggest critic. This band has all the potential to get bigger and become one of the forerunners of the U.S. melodic death metal scene, but due to previous label mishaps as well as some stagnation in the sound, Darkest Hour has not been able to blossom at...
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Dead to Fall, "The Phoenix Throne" Dead to Fall
The Phoenix Throne
Victory Records
2006
Villainy and Virtue was a little bit more metal than Dead to Fall's debut, Everything I Touch Falls to Pieces and here we are with album number three, The Phoenix Throne, and DtF have once again upped the metal ante. Rest assured kids, they still bring the mosh; however, as noted above, there is a lot more metal happening here. Where...
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Dead to Fall, "Villainy and Virtue" Dead to Fall
Villainy and Virtue
Victory Records
2004
These Chicago natives, as you've probably guessed by the three-word band name, fall into the metalcore genre. Critics are bemoaning the over saturated nature of this musical movement, but critics are always bemoaning something, it's their job (until I'm making cash at this game, I ain't about to identify myself as a critic - I'm just a knob with an...
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Emmure, "Goodbye to the Gallows" Emmure
Goodbye to the Gallows
Victory Records
2007
The Victory Records hype machine would have us belive that Goodbye to the Gallows, the latest offering from Emmure, is the heaviest album of the year. While they are obviously mistaken, this is a really damn heavy record with plenty of br00tal tough guy posturing and some truly pummeling chugging riffs. That's really all this disc has to offer though. First...
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Freya, "Split w/Hoods" Freya
Split w/Hoods
Victory Records
2004
After such a paltry show by Hoods, even The Backstreet Boys would be a welcome second band for this split CD. Thankfully, Freya bring five fiery, original tracks of to-the-point hardcore. The vocals are rabid, and just about out of control, while the guitar tone is absolutely perfect, making the riffs on “Ashes of Troy” and “Immortal Beloved”...
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Freya, "As the Last Light Drains" Freya
As the Last Light Drains
Victory Records
2003
To say that Earth Crisis was just another hardcore band is like calling Six Feet Under original. Seldom does a band posses the ability to influence people's lives through music and to educate a wide array of listeners, from punks to metalheads, about issues that plague the modern society. The decision to put Earth Crisis to rest not only shook-up...
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Hawthorne Heights, "The Silence in Black and White" Hawthorne Heights
The Silence in Black and White
Victory Records
2004
The emo/hardcore scene sometimes fucking baffles me, just totally and completely befuddles me. Hawthorne Heights is just one of these wacky bands that turns my brain into a neural pretzel. Their album, The Silence in Black and White, mixes equal parts crushing hardcore with Blink 182 style melodies both in guitar and vocal departments. The disc is...
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Hoods, "Split w/Freya" Hoods
Split w/Freya
Victory Records
2004
Sacramento’s Hoods have next to no hope of creating a name for themselves in the hardcore scene, if you ask me. Their contribution to the split with Freya is six tracks of utter crap. The band strives to sound like they’re kings of the streets, but their music is truly uninteresting. Most of the tracks don’t reach...
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Hoods, "Pray for Death" Hoods
Pray for Death
Victory Records
2003
Tough-guy scene is likely one of the more pointless trends in modern day hardcore, particularly from a metalhead's standpoint. It is downright boring to listen to bands like Shattered Realm, Until the End, and even Hatebreed, even though the latter along with Throwdown happens to sound better than the most, play a simple three-chord progression and sing about vengeance and...
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Martyr AD, "On Earth as it is in Hell" Martyr AD
On Earth as it is in Hell
Victory Records
2004
From the bleak artwork to the minimalist thank you list, there is a feeling that Martyr A.D. is back to put an end to some unfinished business. On Earth as it is in Hell breathes with a profuse "fuck you" fiery attitude that I absolutely admire. This band means business from start to finish, and even though Martyr A.D. does...
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Minus, "Halldor Laxness" Minus
Halldor Laxness
Victory Records
2003
Minus' album Halldor Laxness is on Victory Records, so I just assumed the damned thing was going to be angry, mean hardcore. When I hit play, though, my speakers told me something far different, and I didn't know if I should believe them. Minus is rock, but with guitars that can and do play...
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Nights Like These, "The Faithless" Nights Like These
The Faithless
Victory Records
2006
Well, let's at least count our lucky stars that Memphis' Nights Like These capped The Faithless at 26-and-a-half minutes. Combining brutal bro-core, some tougher-than-you vocals, and spastic, Dillinger-ized hardcore riffs, this record is a brief, but frustrating release. For once, the bio description for a band might actually be accurate...Dubbed "controlled madness," Nights Like These's sound sometimes grooves forward, but...
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Path of Resistance, "Can't Stop the Truth" Path of Resistance
Can't Stop the Truth
Victory Records
2006
It's no secret that old school, tough guy, straight edge hardcore isn't exactly the freshest, most innovative genre around. But seriously, are these bands even trying anymore? Path of Resistance sounds like any number of hardcore bands you briefly heard and quickly forgot all about. They play simple chugging chord progressions with some faster punk-style riffing and "intense" vocals. The same...
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Premonitions of War, "Left in Kowloon" Premonitions of War
Left in Kowloon
Victory Records
2003
Well, well, well, Victory Records used to be a favorite label of mine; Integrity, Bloodlet, Darkest Hour, Earth Crisis (fuck off, everybody has skeletons) and others. Eventually I moved past what the Victory camp had to offer, and then they proceeded to release tons and tons of pure rubbish that I am not even going to start to name. Well,...
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Ringworm, "Justice Replaced by Revenge" Ringworm
Justice Replaced by Revenge
Victory Records
2005
There is Tampa death metal, Bay-Area thrash, Ukrainian black metal and of immediate importance, Cleveland hardcore. Ohio’s son’s Ringworm does it with powerful abandon and relentless terror. Taking cues from other Cleveland legends Integrity and Ascension, Justice Replaced by Revenge is thirteen angry stabs of quick, violent metallic hardcore. Only their third full length proper since 1991’s The Promise, tracks...
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Scars of Tomorrow, "The Horror of Realization" Scars of Tomorrow
The Horror of Realization
Victory Records
2005
Wow, I’m not sure I can call Scars of Tomorrow metalcore despite the fact that they play the simple chugging, breakdown laden hardcore-meets-metal attack that so often just gets lumped into that category without a second thought. The main reason their disc The Horror of Realization is hard to categorize this way is simply because it just seems too...
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Scars of Tomorrow, "Rope Tied to the Trigger" Scars of Tomorrow
Rope Tied to the Trigger
Victory Records
2003
Along with my recent review of Premonitions of War's newest one, this is easily one of Victory's heaviest releases ever. Apart from Premonitions however, this is pretty well executed heavy hardcore akin to the once brutal-as-fuck Bird of Ill Omen or Cease. Very thick, chunky mosh metal full of breakdowns and the dreaded but powerful E- chord stomp. I am...
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Sinai Beach, "Immersed" Sinai Beach
Immersed
Victory Records
2005
Sinai Beach sound like a mix of Fear Factory, Hatebreed and Danzig on Immersed. The cold, rhythm-focused chugging guitar and drum work along with a hate-fueled hardcore vocal delivery actually works pretty well for these guys until they reach for the clean vocals on most of the choruses. The ridiculous sung portions sound like Glen Danzig before he...
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Snapcase, "Bright Flashes" Snapcase
Bright Flashes
Victory Records
2003
Sparse pink and white packaging, midpaced, grooving rock with a slight hardcore edge?is this the same Snapcase I once knew? No, it can't be. They were hardcore, screaming hardcore with short songs and lots of unbridled anger. But what do I know, the genre has never been my favorite, and from what I'm hearing on...
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The Autumn Offering, "Fear Will Cast No Shadow" The Autumn Offering
Fear Will Cast No Shadow
Victory Records
2007
The Autumn Offering start Fear Will Cast No Shadow with “From Atrophy to Obsession,” a song that could have been stolen straight from Avenged Sevenfold’s scrap heap. Then they move to “The Castaway” which starts out like a true fucking death metal rocker and cascades and spirals into the So-Cal-style punk/metalcore/emo shit that ruins so many promising songs these...
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The Autumn Offering, "Revelations of the Unsung" The Autumn Offering
Revelations of the Unsung
Victory Records
2006
Originally released in 2004 on Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records, The Autumn Offering's Revelations of the Unsung has always been one of those records in the recent wave of metalcore bands that actually stood out as something different, something special, and something still unabashedly metal. Now, with a 2006 release through Victory Records, after being added to the label's roster in...
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The Autumn Offering, "Embrace the Gutter" The Autumn Offering
Embrace the Gutter
Victory Records
2006
I can't even call The Autumn Offering metalcore anymore; There's an occasional breakdown (e.g.: not a necessary element to a song) and there are so many ridiculously good solos and gobs of intertwining leads. On Embrace The Gutter, the band's second full-length, The Autumn Offering unleashes the metal in multitudes, be it the solo in "Decay," the sweep picking in...
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The Autumn Offering, "Revelations of the Unsung" The Autumn Offering
Revelations of the Unsung
Victory Records
2006
Revelations of the Unsung was originally released on Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records after Jasta had caught wind of the band through various self-booked tours and regional shows. Shortly there after, Victory Records picked the band up and re-released the disc in preparation of their next full length, Embrace the Gutter. So why exactly was in necessary to reissue an average...
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The Autumn Offering, "Embrace the Gutter" The Autumn Offering
Embrace the Gutter
Victory Records
2006
Where Revelations of the Unsung was an average, but faceless entry into the metalcore realm, Embrace the Gutter comes out of the gates with a lot more energy and metallic flair while including more melody and a better sense of song writing. For instance, check out the high-energy "Decay" that features more character and flair in its three minutes than...
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Waterdown, "All Riot" Waterdown
All Riot
Victory Records
2006
Combining a punk mentality, screamo elements, and guitars heavy enough for metal, Germany's Waterdown probably fit best on Chicago-based Victory Records, since they have a nice combination of punk, alternative, and balls-out metal bands already on its roster. Sadly, though, the band's new record, All Riot entered the US market with far less advertising power behind it than fellow Victory...
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Waterdown, "All Riot" Waterdown
All Riot
Victory Records
2006
Melodic, poppy hardcore released on Victory Records from a German band that has shared the stage with Motion City Soundtrack, Blink 182, and..... Anthrax? If Atreyu, Deftones, Boys Night Out, and (insert any melodic emo-core band from the mid-90's) got together for a jam session All Riot would be the result. You can expect pop-punk style riffing with some very accessible...
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With Honor, "This is Our Revenge" With Honor
This is Our Revenge
Victory Records
2005
Ahh, Victory Records. They never cease to amaze me...or befuddle me. They have some of the coolest hardcore and metal/punk hybrid bands (Silverstein, Darkest Hour, Bayside, Between The Buried And Me, Comeback Kid, The Autumn Offering). Then they've got Atreyu, A Perfect Murder, and countless other bands that have their moments. Now they've just released With Honor's This Is Our...
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