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Never Surrender: Never SurrenderNever Surrender (2003)
Fight Fire With Fire
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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How many times have you seen a band solely promoted upon the premise that they featured ex-members of some other band? It happens all the time. With that in mind, I was more than a little surprised that there wasnít very much hype around Never Surrender. Why is that? Never Surrender features Porcell on vocals, who has spent time in bands such as Judge, Shelter, and Youth of Today. If this isnít enough to pique the interest of hardcore fans, I donít know what is. So why there hasnít been much talk of this release, I donít know,
This E.P. doesnít come off sounding like some long lost Judge songs, which is a slight disappointment, but not exactly surprising, considering Porcell is just handling vocal duties this time around. Instead, this release takes on a bit of a thrash/metal feel, mixed with a healthy dose of hardcore. Porcellís vocals take the form of screams, rather than shouts or yells; but that seems to fit the music better. The bandís name may seem clichť to some people, but it is actually a statement about the memberís own convictions. Theyíve been sticking to their guns for a long time, while others have come and gone.
I had huge expectations for this EP, so I guess I was setting myself up for a bit of disappointment. However, itís still a good listen for anyone who likes their music intense, yet catchy. Never Surrender most likely wonít ascend to the status of the aforementioned bands; but few bands do. If you come into this expecting an instant classic, youíre going to end up being let down, but if you just come into this looking for something thatís fun to sing and pump your fists along to, youíll enjoy this.
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