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The Warriors: See How You AreSee How You Are (2011)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


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A gap of three-and-a-half years between releases is an eternity in hardcore. Bands routinely form, release a 7-inch, tour, release a full-length, and split up in less time than that. Yet in 2011, the Warriors return with See How You Are, and another 33-minutes of the metallic Nardcore that brought t.
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A gap of three-and-a-half years between releases is an eternity in hardcore. Bands routinely form, release a 7-inch, tour, release a full-length, and split up in less time than that. Yet in 2011, the Warriors return with See How You Are, and another 33-minutes of the metallic Nardcore that brought the band to prominence over six years ago.

Crawling forward with the opening title track, the Warriors do little to impress or instill any sense of urgency off the bat. Fortunately, that changes with the successor "The War Unseen", a bobbing, grooving, nearly hardstyle jam as good as anything the Warriors have done. "Seize the Fire" displays the band's Rage Against the Machine influences, changing tempos and flow, and only faltering to a lifeless, humdrum breakdown. Perhaps the most anthemic track of the album, "Where I Stand" is slightly reminiscent of audio themes present on the band's previous release, 2007's Genuine Sense of Outrage.

The second half is highlighted by "Subirse El Muerto", which enters weakly with a round of uninspired monochord hammers before exploding into one of the band's most aggressive, punk-influenced songs. "Here We Go Again" follows, beginning with the same single-chord repetitiveness, though unfortunately never picking up the way its predecessor does. The record closes out with "Along the Way", a metallic hardcore song fairly indicative of the album as a whole, hearing vocalist Marshall Lichtenwaldt growl, "Never real in the first place / There never was a light at the end of the tunnel."

See How You Are is, if nothing else, a reminder that Victory still releases a few quality hardcore albums every year, like Grave Maker and Comeback Kid's efforts of 2010. If you're going to compare just those in the Warriors' catalog, this album doesn't quite match Genuine Sense of Outrage, which is a good starting point. But since some anonymous chumbolone accused that review of sounding like a Mountain Dew ad, listen instead with a nice, tall glass of Tehachapi tap water and maybe you'll better understand where the Warriors are coming from.

 

 
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mystereohasmono (February 27, 2011)

moneenerd, don't sully Type O's name with this garbage. On her milk white ne-----ck.

moneenerd (February 27, 2011)

Also, the song The War Unseen... does anybody else hear Type O Negative here?

moneenerd (February 27, 2011)

These guys lost a lot when the Phillips brothers left, IMHO. The first 2 (technically 3 cuz of Redux?) records are amazing hardcore albums. Genuine Sense and this new one are weak sauce. Ahh, the ol' Victory Records curse.

bud_boomer (February 26, 2011)

*movie

this thing really needs and edit feature.

bud_boomer (February 26, 2011)

The Warriors (move) > The Warriors (Blitz song) >>>>> Golden St. Warriors >>>> this band

slowstupidhungry (February 25, 2011)

The Boreiors

mattramone (February 25, 2011)

This band is so bad it's not even funny.

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