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Integrity: To Die ForTo Die For (2003)
Deathwish Inc.

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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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A while back, when Rancid signed to a major I can remember a lot of people asking "whatever happened to integrity?" Although they weren't actually referring to this band, it did get me thinking. What did happen to Integrity? Their last couple Victory recordings were mediocre at best, and I can say.
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A while back, when Rancid signed to a major I can remember a lot of people asking "whatever happened to integrity?" Although they weren't actually referring to this band, it did get me thinking. What did happen to Integrity? Their last couple Victory recordings were mediocre at best, and I can say that I didn't have very high expectations for this release either. However, backed by a new label (Deathwish), Integrity has set out to turn some heads with "To Die For".

It seems that as of late metalcore means "bad metal riffs with predictable breakdowns that add nothing to the song", not on this album. Integrity actually play metalcore that features real metal and real core. There are breakdowns here, but they actually serve a purpose, providing a small break from the churning guitars and double bass rolls. The guitar playing on here is just excellent, I'm glad atleast one band hasn't forgotten how to solo. This album actually sounds fresh as opposed to their contemporaries. Integrity has been around for 15 years, and yet they still can stand up to just about any new band in this genre. The melodic guitar breaks are also well done, again in glaring contrast to their younger brothers who can't seem to make their songs flow.

"To Die For" isn't exactly something new or something that has never been done, but it might serve as the well placed kick in the ass that metalcore has needed for quite some time. I'm glad to see that Integrity has pulled itself out of the sort of rut that it was lodged in. This band may have some miles left in it yet.

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DiscoFucker (September 14, 2007)

Jacob Bannon is absolutely amazing. Score is for the cover artwork.

Anonymous (March 19, 2006)

its too bad the melnicks bros got into the white strokes and other trendy garage rock and left the band (see: Wolfdowners) they could have made this record more metal core.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

I remember witnessing Chubby Fresh hand out a beating to Dwid (Integrity vocalist) man that kid was pretty fierce for being so damn fat!

CLEVO CORE! FALSE HOPE SMOKE DOPE!!!

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

xAPPLECOREx?x

FortyMinutesWest (October 12, 2003)

I'd say Converge is definitely the better band, but that doesn't mean I can't like Integrity too.

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

Metalcore has no place on this web site since the people who started hardcore were rich stupid cunts who had nothing to do with punk anyway.

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

"buddy sounds like a screaming animal with its throat slashed"

yeah, that's why converge is awesome...i love the nutty schizo aspect of converge, as opposed to the generally (in my opinion) boring approach a lot of other bands like integrity take...converge seems to convey a real sense of craziness and desperation, while integrity just conveys how tough they are...

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

i liked jane doe better than this, and etid's hot damn as well, this is good but not great

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

hmmm
i bet fifty buckazoids this band is no where near as good as INTENSITY.
love,
funk is dead.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

"Actually, politics and music shouldn't be together - wait, you're right I'm wrong. The best part about politics in music is that it always seems fresh and is never dated. The Dead Kennedys were right - get rid of Govenor Jerry Brown."

Yeah, that is a totally good point. Instead of singing about real life issues that effect everyday life and can maybe open someones eyes to something they may not see, everyone should sing about how their girlfriends dumped them before the prom and how they are upset about it.

Other than saying the topics become dated, which I agree on most do, you don't really give a valid reason for politics to not be spoken about in songs.

I don't think every song should be political, like Anti-Flag, but I think bands being topical to the world they live in and the goverment they live in is a very valid thing.

FortyMinutesWest (October 8, 2003)

"Shortest Review EVER award... "

I'm afraid I can't accept this award, atleast not for this review.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Actually, politics and music shouldn't be together - wait, you're right I'm wrong. The best part about politics in music is that it always seems fresh and is never dated. The Dead Kennedys were right - get rid of Govenor Jerry Brown.

NoUse (October 8, 2003)

Shortest Review EVER award...

that is all.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

"Straightedge and music should have nothing to do with one another."

I'm not even edge and this is a stupid comment. Why should they not have anything to do with one another? Should politics and music have nothing to do with each other? How about problems with racisim? I thought lifestyle/social views were a big part of punk music.

I'm really begining to see that punk music and caring about something other than girls are growing further and further apart.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Integrity are funny like cheese!

DWID CORE!!!

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Edge or not, theres no excuse for the pile of shit integrity released. Open your eyes butt lickers... this album is bore-core.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Is this band edge?

Who cares, really?

Some (read most) edge bands play re-hashed "beat-down" chugga chugga crap.

Some (read most) drunk bands play crap.

Straightedge and music should have nothing to do with one another.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Is this band edge? I thought they were..

Icapped2pac (October 7, 2003)

"Integrity actually play metalcore that features real metal and real core."

Well, I for one am a HUGE fan of core, but not so much with the metal. So this one's probably not for me.

(Concrete cores are my favorite, asphalt's second.)

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

the post below was me.

Ramo
(man i got to learn how to sign in)

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

"Integrity actually play metalcore that features real metal and real core."

i hope all the metalcore bands take note. i never was a big fan of integrity but i heard some cool stuff about this album. may have to check it out.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I really liked older Integrity, I'll probably check this one out...

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

converge are poop. worst vocals ever. buddy sounds like a screaming animal with its throat slashed. integrity on the other hands are the hardcore version of slayer.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Integrity bore me to death.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

better than converge? HAH!

-bryan styles.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

humanity is the devil was better than systems but it was only an ep. jane doe?come on,converge are just overhyped noise. this album is killer, glad to see integrity are back. i doubt than alot of people on this site give a damn about them,but if you dont you should really give them a listen. one of the best hardcore bands of the last 15 years.

aubin (October 6, 2003)

Not a bad record, but I would wager that Jane Doe was the aforementioned "well placed kick in the ass that metalcore needed."

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

first.

every hardcore fan should own a copy of "systems overload".

that's all.

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