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The Honor System

The Honor System: The Honor SystemThe Honor System (2003)
Grey Flight Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: CaraKCaraK
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If you are waiting for The Honor Sytem's new CD and you just can't wait until the full length comes out, then you might want to consider buying their limited three-song CD single, which includes "Moving Day," "The Sound of Sinking," and "American Math," all of which will also be on their full length.
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If you are waiting for The Honor Sytem's new CD and you just can't wait until the full length comes out, then you might want to consider buying their limited three-song CD single, which includes "Moving Day," "The Sound of Sinking," and "American Math," all of which will also be on their full length which is scheduled to come out this spring.

From the sounds of these three tracks, The Honor System is still as unrelenting as ever–pounding rhythms, solid guitar, politically-charged lyrics, and of course Dan Hanaway's signature raspy vocals. I was pleased to hear that these guys have not watered down any of their music–they are just as intense as ever, actually I think they even sound a little bit harder and more driven (or perhaps more angry) than in their earlier albums. The 1st track kicks things off with a classic-System sound: quick tempo, driving guitars, a good track overall. The 2nd track, "The Sound of Sinking" has a little different sound to it than a lot of other Honor Sytem songs on their other albums, but I really like it. It has some great guitar parts, with intricate almost chromatic riffs and just solid playing throughout. It was nice to hear that they are taking some chances and putting out some new stuff that sounds different than "Single File" and "100% Synthetic." I loved "Single File" and I also really liked "100% Synthetic," but I was a little disappointed that a lot of the songs on "100% Synthetic" sound pretty similar to "Single File," just because I was hoping to hear a little different side to the Honor System. Judging from this 3 song teaser, the System is finally taking that chance and branching out a little bit on a few of their songs–while still giving us a few classic Honor System sounding tracks, making it a nice mix. Of course, this group doesn't disappoint in the lyrics section, with great lines like "Are these shining seas or shallow ponds? / When the oil drips from the devil's lips / Black tooth smiles sing it all." Great lyrics, great music. I am really excited to hear the full length. The System sounds like it has been working hard and is ready to really rock with these songs; I can't wait to hear what other new sounds they have in store.

If you are a fan of The Honor System, then you will not be disappointed with this three-song single, but I would only buy it if you really can't wait for their full length, since all of these songs will be on the full length, which is coming out in only a month or two. Judging from this little teaser, this new album will be worth the wait and I am really looking forward to hearing it.


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Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

yeah where is the full length?

Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

FINALLY! Give us more!

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

actually, the third song will not be on the full-length.

Anonymous (April 3, 2003)

this album sucks it.

p.s. change that site to local-faggots.com

maverick (April 3, 2003)

You guys will bitch about anything, I swear.


Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

the artwork on here is so tiny... what's with that? isn't the artwork usually a little bit larger?

pope_schlomo (April 2, 2003)

all hail the motherfuckin Broadways


Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

the mp3 on site is awsome, but 13$ for european =)

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

I know dude! I totally loved it when every note was flat and... wait, no I don't.

Don't get me wrong, like any other midwestern, The Broadways will hold a special place in my heart, but The Honor System is more technically proficient and overall more exciting.

hubitcherkokov (April 1, 2003)

I think The Honor System is mediocre at best. Musically they're good, but Dan's vocals really went downhill after The Broadways broke up. He sang with so much more passion on The Broadways releases than on "Single File". I'll still probably pick up their new full length, though.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

dan is the man. the guitar parts and the timing on 'moving day' baffle me. the new honor system will kick ass..i know it. grassroots motherfucker!

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

yeah dont worry about it.

i just wanted to make sure people didn't pass up an opportunity to have a CHEAP rockin cd just cuz they thought they'd get the songs in another 2 months.

i should have stated that i run the label, sorry! also, i realize the wording on the back is kinda misleading, so i totally understand what cara said. i'll go beat up the person who wrote that in the liner notes, hahaha!

ahaha and about the dan/puberty thing -- PRICELESS!

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

It's not really a typo as it's misinformation and there was no real way for Greg to know that she runs the label or what not. So that comment was just uncalled for, it could have been stated in a nicer way, but ya know...

- Scott
(Income tax check baby!)

greg0rb (April 1, 2003)

Heh, ok. Well, why did they write that right on the sleeve then? The theo... owner... what?

maverick (April 1, 2003)

Hey Greg,
Julie is the theo owner of the label who put this CD out. I'm pretty sure she knows more than you do about it. Allow her a typo, okay?


greg0rb (April 1, 2003)

Julie, I am holding the single in my hands, and it says "These songs to be released on our full length ou Spring 2003." Rerecorded or not, they are the same songs and will all be on the full length...cara is right.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

One of my favorite bands.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

the mp3 track for "moving day" available was good, but nowhere near the two other songs that followed when i got it in the mail. I almost think dan' went through puberty 3 more times, they sound much angrier, and focused than in the past. The last two songs are really good, and if they re-recorded any of them, then this new album may live up to or surpass 'single file'. A really strong release.
grant wyzo

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

all of the songs will NOT be on the full length. in fact none of them will be. 2 of the songs WERE rerecorded and the new recordings will be on the full length, but 1 is completely unreleased.

plus, it is only $3. $5 with shipping.

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