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Embrace Today - Soldiers (Cover Artwork)

Embrace Today

Embrace Today: SoldiersSoldiers (2003)
Deathwish Inc.

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Damn, this is intense. Embrace Today's "Soldiers" is a study in aggression. There's really not a lot to say about this album aside from the fact that it's fast, pissed off hardcore. I could go on and on with all kinds of florid metaphors or write some kind of concept review in which I pretend to b.
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Damn, this is intense. Embrace Today's "Soldiers" is a study in aggression. There's really not a lot to say about this album aside from the fact that it's fast, pissed off hardcore. I could go on and on with all kinds of florid metaphors or write some kind of concept review in which I pretend to be writing from the standpoint of a dyslexic clown, but would that really be necessary?

Embrace Today waste no time getting things off the ground, the CD starts with a short answering machine message inquiring about the progress of the album, ending with "I know you'll do us proud." They were right. With the screaming of "destroy" the band flies into the albums first track, "Hope". There are no frills here, none, every little pretty nuance that some bands have come to rely on has been stripped away, leaving only the bare bones. There's no time for those things anyway. With all the excess gone, Embrace Today is free to rampage through 15 tracks with a kind of genuine anger that isn't seen nearly as much as it should be.

In the lyrical department ET won't ever be mistaken for poets, but they do make their point. In the song "Prove Me Wrong" vocalist Scott Peacock screams "Your time will come, burnt out, washed up, nothing more than a name to hang your fucking hat on." The driving force behind such tirades is the straight edge lifestyle, that's not my thing by any stretch of the truth but the songs on here aren't to be argued with.

I'm not usually one to care about these things, but the cover art for this album is amazing. Jake Bannon has outdone himself again, and the fiery, war-torn landscape depicted on the cover fits perfectly with the sound of this band. You'll probably either love this or hate it, but I find myself enjoying every bit of this release.

The War Goes On MP3

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
letskissthesky10 (April 3, 2005)

they are such a mad band.

they're alright, nothing i haven't heard before.
very brutal though

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

great band, amazing record.

the live show is fucking brutal.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

one of if not the best hardcore record released this year

GreenVandal (August 14, 2003)

hahaha, I agree with BSD for once. Hope Conspiracys lyrics are the most oring shit i have ever red. Green Day has straight up lyircs, and they are damn good (on insomniac, not dookie...dookie is a little to sophmoric)not boring "look at me be miserable" shit like all these other bands.

Anonymous (August 13, 2003)

Fuck off BSD

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

501, you have proven to have a superior vocabulary to EVERYBODY. I know maybe using fancy words makes fagot retards like me look like gaywads, but hey, it has to be done.

-BSD

501 (August 12, 2003)

Sometimes i really love lyrics that are just straight up. Like The Hopes Conspiracy. After a few days of listening to The Mars Volta you kinda appreciate retards writing lyrics.

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

Geekburger rocks, I read that site all the time, so it must be cool.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

this band rules.

check out an interview at geekburger.com.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

F*ck you I'm edge!

FortyMinutesWest (August 12, 2003)

There's a metal influence, but it's mostly straight up hardcore.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

That mp3 sounds like metalcore to me. What sets "angry sXe hardcore" apart from modern mosh metalcore?

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

wow. that's pretty fucking brutal.

-scotty

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

Mr. Bannon is quite the amazing one. Now i'm off to download that song.

-scotty

Bryne (August 12, 2003)

That MP3 is pretty good.

Anonymous (August 12, 2003)

I like this cd. Review is short, but I guess all to say is it's angry straight edge hardcore.

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