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Never Surrender

Never Surrender: Never SurrenderNever Surrender (2003)
Fight Fire With Fire

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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 wasn't very much hype around Never Surrender. Why is that? Never Surrender features Por.
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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 wasn't 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 isn't enough to pique the interest of hardcore fans, I don't know what is. So why there hasn't been much talk of this release, I don't know,

This E.P. doesn't 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. Porcell's vocals take the form of screams, rather than shouts or yells; but that seems to fit the music better. The band's name may seem cliché to some people, but it is actually a statement about the member's own convictions. They've 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, it's still a good listen for anyone who likes their music intense, yet catchy. Never Surrender most likely won't ascend to the status of the aforementioned bands; but few bands do. If you come into this expecting an instant classic, you're going to end up being let down, but if you just come into this looking for something that's fun to sing and pump your fists along to, you'll enjoy this.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Never Surrender reminds me of that crappy 80's song titled, "Never Surrender."

Anonymous (March 22, 2004)

Restate that, ignorant bum.

-BSD

Anonymous (March 21, 2004)

Question: Outside of hardcore, has anyone heard of Judge, Shelter or Youth of Today?

Minor Threat

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

Sounds "ANTHEMIC"

-BSD

pastepunk (March 19, 2004)

make sure y'all check out THE CHANGE on Fight Fire with Fire - hella good hardcore from Sweden

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

this album rocks. porcell rocks, been doing it for almost 20 years. you forgot to mention better than a 1000

dazed (March 19, 2004)

This sounds like it's worthy of checking out. Good review.

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

never surrender sounds like a band name for the bad-ass punk kids in a disney movie

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

The Artwork for this is like everything else I've seen over the past 2 years. I want a Sandwich.

Barkley

Blarg (March 19, 2004)

if i was going to fight fire, the last thing i would use is fire...

boldredletters (March 19, 2004)

How can a band name be unoriginal?

Jesse (March 19, 2004)

Man, I hate band names like this. Throw in all the other ones about death or dying, and what you have is over clichéd (did I just invent a word?) tough guy hardcore band name.

It may be good music, but I mean, goddamn. Think of something original!!!

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