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Raised Fist - Dedication (Cover Artwork)

Raised Fist

Raised Fist: DedicationDedication (2002)
Burning Heart

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You enter the music shop to look for a some tunes, but there it is, the cd you know you have to have, right up front, without looking through all the other possible buys you have the cd in a bag and are walking out of the store. It takes alot of potential for a cd for this scenario to occur for mys.
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You enter the music shop to look for a some tunes, but there it is, the cd you know you have to have, right up front, without looking through all the other possible buys you have the cd in a bag and are walking out of the store. It takes alot of potential for a cd for this scenario to occur for myself, but after throughly playing through all their past efforts it was inevitable that this cd was going to be something special.

This cd, starts off with Raised fist in true form with "Get this right!", Blisteringly fast hardcore. Lyrically the song is about (as alot of hardcore song are about) the state of hardcore & Punk rock from the perspective of the band and their dislike of other bands who are into playing Punk rock / hardcore for the sake off popularity / fame & "getting into a nice fucking review". Following this song is another extremely fast paced song "That's why" then slowed down with what seems to be a more metal influenced style song "Message beneath contempt". Track 4 "The people behind", covers the issue of war / terrorism & their discontent for it. Tracks 5, 6 & 7 continue with the album going full speed ahead, but the next big highlight (for myself) was the title track (Dedication, Track #8), A moderatly paced song about some of the fantastic people that we've met and bonds we've formed through the punk rock & hardcore scenes, those people who really shine out as being genuine non-bullshit people. Tracks 9 and 10 continue with the ultra quick pace, then the final track hits, "Between the demons" kicks in with a different vocalist with extremely hasp'ish metal style vocals then the normal vocialist cuts in & the two trade lines back and forth, this is deffinetly the most intense song this already intense band has produced and a fitting end to a new step foward in the life of a great band.

As a whole, this album is plain and simply brutal, further progression into a more agressive sound for the band. It's certainly a must buy for hardcore enthusiasts, this is a good transitional band for punk rockers who are looking into the harder side of the punk world.

On a few other small side notes, The artwork for this album is standard fare, certainly nothing ground breaking, but fits the feel of the album. As a bonus, this cd (whether this applies outside Australia, i'm not sure) comes bundled with Cheapshots vol. 5.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Raised Fist - Ignoring the GuidelinesNOFX - The DeclinePropagandhi - Today's Empires, Tomorrow's AshesStrung Out - Twisted by DesignRise Against - The Sufferer & the WitnessRaised Fist - FuelRaised Fist - Sound of the RepublicConverge - Jane DoeThe Weakerthans - Left and LeavingGood Riddance - Operation Phoenix

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Anonymous (February 2, 2005)

I like both Stretch Armstrong and Raised Fist as long as it stays fast.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

I like them as long as it's fast. When they fall into metal, it hurts.

Anonymous (December 3, 2002)

Stretch Arm Strong?!? nopenope,they're not so much like raised fist! but they are fucking AMAZING though. Check them out if you like good music..

Anonymous (December 3, 2002)

yeah, but forget that pink song, their first two albums "Compassion fills the void" & "Rituals of life" are very good. Their cover of NWA's - Express yourself is brutal

User13 (December 2, 2002)

stretch arm strong?!?! didnt they do a pink cover?....

xDaveyx (December 2, 2002)

It baffles me how these guys can have such a large following in a place such as here (Australia), and yet have very minimal support in the states (from what i understand anyway).

Anonymous (December 2, 2002)

to the person below you have to buy ignoring the guidelines..fucking kicks so much ass. I have all their albums. Favourite song is Twisted Debate. Check out Stretch Arm Strong if you like Raised Fist

User13 (December 1, 2002)

Raised Fist rocks, i heard them on some punk show on the radio and couldnt wait for dedication to come out so i grabbed watch your step...that cd is insane, i will therefore purchase this one and listen to it and enjoy it...

pope_schlomo (December 1, 2002)

My favorite hardcore band has gone more 'core. Tis the season.

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Anonymous (November 30, 2002)

I haven't picked this CD up yet, but nice review.

Anonymous (November 30, 2002)

I got it from The Muses...

punky (November 29, 2002)

Where did you buy this...HMV?btw, cool review.

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