The Banner - Your Murder Mixtape (Cover Artwork)

The Banner

The Banner: Your Murder MixtapeYour Murder Mixtape (2004)
Blackout! Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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New Jersey's The Banner is a hardcore band that sings about zombies. Okay, so I'll elaborate a bit. The Banner are indeed a hardcore band that seem to dwell on the stories of running from zombies, themes of blood and gore, and everything that comes along with it. Although they have trace elem.
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New Jersey's The Banner is a hardcore band that sings about zombies.

Okay, so I'll elaborate a bit.

The Banner are indeed a hardcore band that seem to dwell on the stories of running from zombies, themes of blood and gore, and everything that comes along with it. Although they have trace elements of death metal here and there, their version of hardcore is much closer to Bane than anything. However, they choose to use screaming growls, not yells. The guy sounds like he's ripping his vocal chords to pieces every single song, much like Wes from Give Up the Ghost (or American Nightmare, depending on your bitterness).

Even the lyrics are showcased in bloodstained notebooks, dismembered cassette tapes seeping red from their cracks, notes of paper-clipped plotting and rusty knives. It's not so much the theme that gets stale by the time their cover of Ink & Dagger's "Bloodlust" rolls around, but the monotony just starts to set in. "Die Fighting" pulsates with its rhythmic chant, and the newscaster in "Zombie Onslaught" is a nice touch, but after a few solid breakdowns and unified gang shouts, it's all background noise.

I really want to like this after seeing them drive from Jersey to Long Island in the practical sense of a last minute and still put on a good live show, but I'm not going to lie to you about how solid an album this is, because it's simply not. There's promise, though.

"Red Devil"


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Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

the person under me is right fuck all of these people this cd is insane it makes you wanna just beat the living shit outt anyone in your way the banner will go down with the other great band........tell me how fucking awesome these lyrics are......
Iā??ve heard screams in my sleep Telling me to wake up from this dream Iā??m in Iā??ve heard laughs from all three Shielding his face from the stones they threw at him Strangers fall upon one soul, like so many demons upon an angel fallen He wonders what heā??s done to deserve this ā??Please, I just want to go back homeā? The child trips and falls, knees are bleeding Stars and clouds fill his head Can no one hear him screaming Heā??s screaming his throat red

Anonymous (February 20, 2006)

Yea, all you who're talking shit should chill the fuck out. Musical taste is a subjective matter, and no one persons taste is exactly the same as anothers, and believe it or not, it can even be different. Its called individuality, something that most of you on this site can't begin to comprehend. and ok, if you're not content with people having different tastes, then don't post your pussy ass bullshit on a forum. How bout everytime someone has a disagreement about music they fight to the death over it. Wouldn't that be a much better way to resolve our differences NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE, BUT I WON'T BE THE LAST TO DIE!!!

David Shook sucks, read the full story
http://www.xanga.com/m3gav01t/446101654/item.html?nextdate =last

Anonymous (August 8, 2004)

hey this is gary from the banner, i just wanted to remind all the underaged girls that they can come in our van after the show, we'll show them a good time!

Anonymous (June 5, 2004)

hey this is joey from the banner,i dont know who said it was that blackout screws their bands over but it wasnt one of us.and as far as all the shittalk on this page goes,notice that its all Anonymous.id love to see one of these people tell me in person that i believe our own "hype" i also didnt know that hype could include only one state.

thanx to everyone else for all the kind words.

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

Hi, I don't have an account so i can't log in, but this is Chris (bass player for the band that many of you are bashing).

First of all ensign is awsome, I agree. We don't play that kind of hardcore and we listen to a lot of "fast hardcore."
Its all hardcore, doesn't matter.

Second, we did try and do a DIY tour, but totalled our van after playing to a room of 20 kids in western PA.

Third, blackout doesn't fuck over their bands, they just seem to have trouble supporting them. Case in point, a lot of the advertising that was done for us was in magazines like maximum rocknroll where they hate us, which is fine cause I don't agree with most of them anyway. Also we asked for ads in other magazines and weren't given them. Just shit like that. They also didn't help us out at all with buying a van, maintaining it, or even booking a tour. All this we did on our own (I bought the van with a student loan and then killed the rest of my savings making it run right).

Finally, fuck you and your elitist attitudes. You guys think this shit is easy? We never asked for much and most of what we've done its been on our own. The EP is just our demo mastered, we paid for the recording of that, not the label. I would love to tour the west coast, explain to me where the hell I'm going to get the money to get there and out of debt. I like everyone else in the band hasn't made a fuckin dime off of the band.

To the reviewer of this, I played that show with a broken hand too and the sound in the hall sucked. Thanks for sticking around though.

How do we believe our own hype? I'm no fuckin rockstar, here's my e-mail: ChrisFingaz@aol.com, come talk to me about whatever grievence you have with us.

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

"Blackout records screws their acts over! It's a secret though, so don't tell anyone!!!
How is that? Did they not give you a limo and hookers when you didn't sell any records (or when your friends didn't, whatever)? "

I know that b/c I knew a band (since broken up) that was down w/Blackout! and their owner, who'se gone bankrupt like 3 times before. Nice guy, I hear, but he doesn't know shit about money or how to treat a band.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

This is with out a doubt the album of the year, for sure.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

RE: The Banner - Your Murder Mixtape
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-04-17 15:41:45
My Score:
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Blackout records screws their acts over! It's a secret though, so don't tell anyone!!!


How is that? Did they not give you a limo and hookers when you didn't sell any records (or when your friends didn't, whatever)?

I'm so sick of these "scene" bands who somehow get signed to an indie, then don't tour and sit at their computer all day telling people how great they are and how horrible the label is because they didn't get a huge bank account and new HumVees a month after the cd came out. I see this crap all the time. Yeah, labels can suck, yes they sell a product that is derived from your "art" (and in this case, I use the word loosely), but you know what, when was the last time these guys (or for that matter, any of these NYC/Jersey bands) come and played for us over on the West Coast?
A band who hasn't done more than one DIY national tour before they even got to release a CD deserves to be treated like shit, because they're blowing a chance that many of us would kill for because they're lazy, spoiled bitches.
It takes more than being a 3rd rate Bleeding Through rip-off to be a rock star. If you're label's treating you like shit, why don't you just be happy you even HAVE a label. That's the game you entered, stop being a spioled moron and tell your friends to shut the fuck up when they feel like being the "insider" on the web.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

"i really like this band, ive seen them with folly a bunch of times.

-bryan styles"



Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

anyone who likes comback kid would probably like this shit...and i fucking love CBK so there you go. good music, i bet they rip live.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

i never heard their recorded stuff but i saw them live once and they fucking sucked. i swear, i only heard two chords during their entire set.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

i really like this band, ive seen them with folly a bunch of times.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

This guy gets it:

http://www.counterculture.co.uk/album-review/the-banner-yo ur-murder-mixtape.html

"There must be something in the water in Hoboken, New Jersey. Listening to the latest offering from The Banner leads you to suspect that it might just be blood. The album's opener Zombie Onslaught sets the scene, starting as it does with a sample of a news report telling of cannibalistic murders. Death, destruction, murder, terror, zombies - these are the subjects dealt with by The Banner and their songs. At least, that is what they would have us believe. I'm not entirely convinced . . .

Though Zombie Onslaught and Apocolypse are largely self-explanatory and in keeping with the themes above, to explain the main theme of the rest of this album requires me to use a particularly offensive four-letter word that you're simply not supposed to use when referring to extreme metalcore: Love. Yep, this album - despite the deceptive title of Your Murder Mixtape - is essentially a love album. Sure, it may be the kind of love that invariably ends in violence or murder, but it's love nonetheless.
Take I Found Your Diary for example, the tale of a lover spurned: "I've read your stories sweetheart and I fear there's one chapter left, I know the ending baby, I've wrote it down inside my head, and red's the ink shade darling, and when I've said forever, I've never been so wrong." Bless. Or Black Duct Tape, seemingly about another spurning at the hands of a cruel female: "I took that bitch down to the river, made princess a castle in the mud, you'll find six sharp knives in the water, and black duct tape soaked in her blood." If only Trisha had been around.
Another theme running through some of the album's other tracks - Skies Go Black, Die Fighting, Night Of The Rope - is that of oppression, and being crushed by it or fighting back against it.
Whatever the subject, pretty much every track on Your Murder Mixtape is really well put together, and the album as a whole works really well. A fantastic blend of guitars, drums and the odd well-placed sample accompanies the furiously vivid lyrics - brilliantly delivered by lead vocalist Joey Southside - and the whole affair is made all the more listenable by superb production.
Though first impressions might (wrongly) lead to the dismissal of The Banner as a gimmicky metal outfit with nothing of any real substance to offer, Your Murder Mixtape is a genuinely good album, and well worth a listen. Fucking great . . .
:: Philip Goodfellow"

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

Wow. The bitterness on this page is excruciating.

a. If blackout screwed their bands you could substantiate it, rather than hiding behind anonymity. You posted the same thing on the Commercials video news page. Maybe you're someone who has a beef, but not the backup to really make a public case. Bring it, don't sing it, coward.

b. The Banner are getting hype because people actually like them. Maybe your band isn't so lucky. Or maybe you're like the typical new softcore kid who's an IM toughguy.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

Blackout records screws their acts over! It's a secret though, so don't tell anyone!!!

This band is so over-hyped, it's kind of pathetic.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

A very mediocre album by a band that believes their own hype...hilarious. Watch for their new full length on Ferret Records...I'm sure it'll be another terrible mess of bad metal-core...

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

I downloaded that mp3 thinking I prob wouldnt like it. I actually thought it was ok. Some of the parts kinda reminded me of older gainesville type bands played a little heavier. The vocals get kinda borng but i can handle it. prob wouldnt buy the cd but wouldnt mind listening to it if it was on somewhere.


lieutenant (April 17, 2004)

I feel that more artists should sing about zombies. Just like Tycho Brahe, I loathe the undead.

lieutenant (April 17, 2004)

"Carry the banner" is my favourite early 90's East-Bay derived 'punk slang'.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Well I mean if my only insults were "cunt", "twat", "pussy", and "bitch", I'd see the problem, but I use "cock", "dickhead", and "prick" just as much. Feminazis got me down!


TheOneTrueBill (April 16, 2004)

The MP3 makes my head hurt

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

just awful

kirbypuckett (April 16, 2004)

Today I said "cunty" and some kids got mad at me.

Am I wrong or something?


I got yelled at for talking too much whilst at the Kerry University Tour at Pitt today. I'm sorry, but the girl w/ the Asparagus (sp?) tattoo was just too funny.

- Kirby

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Im not going to lie, these guys are awful. Their singer is terrible. Not just bad, but terrible.

What happened to hardcore? No one wants to be hardcore anymore. Everyone wants to be metalcore or emocore or ridiculouslybadcore. What happened to 2 minute ridiculously fast songs where a singer shouts at you. Man I hate new school hardcore.

Side Note: I cant wait for the new Ensign CD whenever it comes out. Those guys kick ass.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Today I said "cunty" and some kids got mad at me.

Am I wrong or something?


Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

This score is for zombies!

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