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Bane

Bane: It All Comes Down To ThisIt All Comes Down To This (1999)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: soulbleedsoulbleed
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I remember it like it was yesterday. The year was 1999, and I was a junior in high school, at a point in my life where I was just discovering hardcore music. I had been to Warped Tour since it first opened, and was a pretty big fan of punk - and I liked a lot of the hardcore punk that I was hearing,.
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I remember it like it was yesterday. The year was 1999, and I was a junior in high school, at a point in my life where I was just discovering hardcore music. I had been to Warped Tour since it first opened, and was a pretty big fan of punk - and I liked a lot of the hardcore punk that I was hearing, but I never bothered really buying any of the CD's. That is, until one day - I went to a benefit for some weird disease at an Elks lodge in Manville, NJ with a couple of my friends. At the time, I didn't realize it - but nearly every hardcore band that would later become the basis for every other band was there. Hatebreed, Stretch Armstrong, Vision, Kill Your Idols, Nora (a very young one, at that), 25 Ta Life, NJ Bloodline, Ensign, and of course - Bane.

Now, coming into this show I only knew Hatebreed because I was a newcomer, and they had been featured on the Victory Style 3 compilation which I had bought after I first started getting into hardcore. So, of course I was excited to see them - but this guy Jeff from my school told me to watch out for Bane and Vision. He was pretty big in the scene, so I assumed he knew what he was talking about, so I did just that.

So Bane comes out and I was blown away. The energy, the crowd throwing themselves on this ugly-as-fuck singer who was spitting out some of the fiercest shit I had ever heard. It was awesome - and of course, I got the shit kicked out of me for not expecting the onslaught of people's kicks and punches aimed in my direction.

This was like a week before "It All Comes Down To This" was released in stores, but they sold it at the show, so I made sure to live through the pit long enough to go pick myself up a copy. I brought it home, and to my surprise, the CD was just as amazing as their live show. At the exact moment when "Fuck What You Heard" blasted it's first chord, I think I shit my pants. Everything I was hearing was so new to me, but it felt like I had been part of the scene forever, and I instantly connected with the music.

"Struck Down By Me," "Can We Start Again," and "What Makes Us Strong" made it onto nearly every mix tape I made for a year (yea, before CD burners), even as my taste in hardcore expanded. No matter how many times I listened to this record, it didn't get old. My friends were so tired of hearing it every time they got into my car, or me suggesting we put it on when I was in someone else's. This CD was that important to me, and I even wore out the first copy I owned and had to buy a new one.

While now I know a lot more about hardcore and have come to realize there are a lot better discs than this one, none of that really influences how I feel about it. All the other Bane fans insist this isn't their best CD - and it isn't, by far. "Give Blood" was much more affective at getting across their hardcore visions, but because of all the reasons I stated above - none of that mattered. I loved this record because it helped me through a hard time, and helped me get my feet wet in a genre with a lot of tough history. And the fact that I still reference this album at least once a week to this very day makes it a fine candidate for one of the best records of all time.

 

 
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allon (December 16, 2007)

I honestly don't see what's so great about this. Thier singer is awful, and i was completely underwhelmed by everything else. So much for all the hype I hear about this band. Or at least this album.

allon (December 16, 2007)

I honestly don't see what's so great about this. Thier singer is awful, and i was completely underwhelmed by everything else. So much for all the hype I hear about this band. Or at least this album.

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

"I don't see whats so great about this band. All the scenster fashion hardcore purists wear their shirts, and the singer is horrible."

I'm not sure what your scene is like but, i was under the impression that most of the scenster fashion hardcore purists hate this band.

-sXa

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

I think I may have listened to "Can We Start Again" more than any other hardcore song in existence. One of the best hardcore songs ever written. I even got all my "I'm too metal to listen to hardcore" friends hooked on it.

But for the record, Give Blood was a better album top to bottom.

Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

the 7"s were the best, followed by Give Blood. It All Comes Down To This was a transition album, they weren't completely where they wanted to be (musically) yet so it doesn't flow as well as Give Blood. Give Blood is raw intense-as-fuck energetic hardcore. Heavy, fast, melodic.

But the first 7" was still the best. Those 3 songs are some of the best songs ever written.

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

im so bored, i went looking for it,

it made me laugh. thanks, im so bored.

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

no one noticed this:

I like Coverage, but I like Bane better.-SaYnE_GuY

haha.
www.geekburger.com

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

i didn't like bane much either... until i saw the hellfest dvd and they played "can we start again" ... after that i bought this cd and was hooked.

FortyMinutesWest (July 10, 2003)

I'd like to add that Bane's songs are just as intense and genius as Converge's songs, just for different reasons. I don't see why it matters though, they're both great bands who play totally different styles.

FortyMinutesWest (July 9, 2003)

"Concubine" slays.

Allular (July 9, 2003)

Here's my argument for Converge being better than Bane.

The song "Concubine".

Until Bane can write something THAT intense and genious, I will like Converge more.

Allular (July 9, 2003)

That's funny because when I watched the Converge DVD, I looked at the pit and said to myself, "Damn, I wish Salt Lake City hardcore shows could have a fun pit like that!"

FortyMinutesWest (July 9, 2003)

"Bane shows are fun, Converge shows are down right dangerous."

So true.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

this shit is so good you need to drink metamucil while taking a dump if you're listening to this. also get "holding this moment" and "give blood."

Ramo

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

how can anyone compare bane to converge? its beyond me.

I always liked Converge on cd..but I never realized how much this band slays untill I saw them at Hellfest. So great.
Bane shows are fun, Converge shows are down right dangerous.

Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

I don't see whats so great about this band. All the scenster fashion hardcore purists wear their shirts, and the singer is horrible.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

now i want a review of this album! god dammit.... and it's "effective"

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

so
fucking
good

i like give blood a bit more, but this is still amazing. as for the converge vs bane thing, i love 'em both.

FortyMinutesWest (July 8, 2003)

This album is worth it just for "Fuck What You Heard" and "Can We Start Again".

Fuzzy (July 8, 2003)

356 words in the prelude, 285 in the review. I think your style needs some work. Good album, and possibly the best description of a Bane opening track.
"At the exact moment when "Fuck What You Heard" blasted it's first chord, I think I shit my pants."

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

u r right about the side project thing......honestly the bands have 2 different sounds, with converge leaning mroe towards metal and bane more towards punk. stop comparing good bands, just support them both.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

I like Coverage, but I like Bane better.-SaYnE_GuY

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

uhhh, duh uhh bane is far better than converge. and if you don't agree, than go lick a fat girl's feces eliminator.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Bane better than Converge? Uhhh. Ok?

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

their live show is one of the most amazing things Ive been through. The whole crowd is going nuts and so is the band.

their albums are amazing, shows are amazing. This band is one of the top tier groups around right now.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

God bless the almighty Bane

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Yeah, Bane WAS a side project of some Converge guys, Dalbec and another guy, I thought. But they ARE so much better. This is seriously one of my favorite hardcore albums of all time, and probably one of my favorites. It's actually weird how much my story is similar to the reviewer's... it seriously blows me away every time I forget how amazing it is.

(and... I will fight whoever thinks Give Blood is better)

- BITTER

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

See, I thought that Bane was kinda a side-project of some of the Converge guys....guess I was wrong. Eh, wouldn't be the first time.

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

When I want my hardcore, I'll just listen to Discharge... It makes all this crap look obsolete anyway.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (July 8, 2003)

Aaron Dalbec used to be in Converge, he's in Bane now.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

There are a ton of better bands than Converge.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

I could be wrong, but I thought part of Bane is part of Converge? Maybe I'm just mixed up.....anyways, thats where the comment came from.

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (July 8, 2003)

Bane! Bane! Bane!

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

I appreciate the story (really, I do), but I how can you introduce someone to older bands/albums (which I think is the point of this review) without describing the album? I don't know who Bane is or what they sound like. What do they compare to?

Yellowtrash (July 8, 2003)

What are you talking about sickboi? You can't compare two completely different bands. Bane is good, but it's not like this is new.

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Mmmmm....Bane.....they are soooooo much better than Converge its ridiculous.

-sickboi

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