Screw you with your Crime in Stereos, your Capitals, your Agents, and your Thieves and Assassins. Seriously, take a long jump off a short pier into Long Island Sound. Every week there seems to be a new band coming from that damn island that of yours that just feels the need to completely floor me. Is it something in the water that keeps you pumping out one great band after another? What is going on over there?
Case in point, Up the Fury. This band is reminiscent of bands I don't really listen to on a daily basis - Life Long Tragedy, Modern Life is War, Final Fight, etc. I for one am over this slow build up to a throbbing crescendo of emotional catharsis type hardcore. But then comes Up the Fury with Behind Every Mind and makes this sound seem as fresh as it did a few years ago. Up the Fury take that sound and add a solid groove to each and every song with some quality 90's chugga-chugga mosh. While Up the Fury's brethren like to live between walls of sound and snail pace climbs, Up the Fury, on the other hand, goes straight for the throat, grips tight, and doesn't let go till the final note.
It's always refreshing to hear a band that takes a genre of music that you've been over-saturating with and turn it into some listenable and enjoyable. I know it has something to do with you Long Island. You just have this uncanny knack as of late to put out great band after great band. I'm jealous. Who wouldn't want to go to their local hardcore show and get see a plethora of sweet hardcore/punk bands that share the same zip code, the same passion, but yet sound different from each other? Who wouldn't want to be part of that?
Long Island, one of these days I'm going to bare witness your awesome scene with my own two eyes. Until then you keep sending in your records to Scene Point Blank and I'll keep swooping them up to review. I'll sit in my living room chair moshing along and relish every minute of it.
8.2 / 10
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