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With Honor

With Honor: Heart Means EverythingHeart Means Everything (2004)
Stillborn Records

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In the short two years since the band's inception, With Honor have made quite a name for themselves. Featuring members of Hamartia and In Pieces, With Honor have quickly become one of the most talked about bands in the Connecticut hardcore community. With 'Heart Means Everything', their first.
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In the short two years since the band's inception, With Honor have made quite a name for themselves. Featuring members of Hamartia and In Pieces, With Honor have quickly become one of the most talked about bands in the Connecticut hardcore community. With 'Heart Means Everything', their first full length, CT's best kept secret has finally leaked out.

The 5 song demo released last year by Stillborn Records is what first introduced me to the band, and I was blown away by how energetic it was. The most prominent feature of With Honor's sound is their incredible sing alongs (somewhat similar to those of Comeback Kid). The backing vocals are in your face, and they turn already great songs into instantly memorable tracks that you'll find yourself singing no matter where you are. The strong back-ups aren't the only things driving these songs however, as the powerful drumming and speeding guitar melodies truly stand out and make you take notice.

The songs include the standard breakdowns and double bass pedal assaults, but don't let that fool you into thinking that With Honor's sound is generic, because they truly stand out from the pack. Stand out songs on the album for me are "Rethink, Return", "With The Wind", and "All Hope Aside". The lyrics range from straight edge pride, to broken friendships, to reminders that "you're not alone" in life's struggles. If you like hardcore, you have no excuse not to at least give these guys a listen.

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Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

just a fun hardcore record with no big flaws or anything. Buy this, but if you see Come Back Kid's record in there, get that instead.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

and i like this album better than the EP.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

this is seriously a good band.

ObeyYourParents (June 15, 2004)

An excellent follow-up from these CT fellas. This record is wonderful. Simply oozing with positive energy, like a neo-Youth of Today (Except better....I'm waiting for the Ray Cappo Youth Crew 85er's to jump out and issue threats to me). They also put on a spectacular live show, one of the best I've seen in awhile.

Anonymous (May 26, 2004)

Yeah, With Honor are pretty 'tough guy' - just like 7 Seconds and The Get Up Kids.

Good album, but pales in comparison to the EP.

swooningdisaster (May 25, 2004)

self-titled e.p. is way better. but still a good cd.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

done done donde DONE!

JoshD (May 24, 2004)

I get the point cool, you're youth crew again, awesome....wait overproduced youth crew? I can only imagine what's going on in the studio, "hey , let's just put you're yelling and what not through this autotune here and...hey look at that!"

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

Gothenburg old school

xignitex (May 23, 2004)

For the life of me, I fail to see the point of spending your time stressing about what you dont like, and what others do like. Nobody forces you to listen to a certain genre, so whats the big deal? Personally, I prefer to spend my time worrying about the stuff I DO like, as I find it to be a better use of my time. Rock what you like, like what you rock, and let others do the same.

P.S. For the poster below that said this is tough guy hardcore, it isnt, it fits more into the posi-core sound.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

Spelled 'honor' wrong.

dazed (May 22, 2004)

Good band, not revolutionizing hardcore, but they're fun to listen to.

FortyMinutesWest (May 22, 2004)

If you compare this band with 25 Ta Life, you either didn't listen to them, or you have really bad hearing. And this isn't tough guy hardcore.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Holy shit, definetely the best hardcore album i have heard in awhile. And these guys fucking blow me away live. And they are really really nice guys. They need to play washington state again soon.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Score is for the album title and "crew-hardcore".

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

I cannot in words explain to all of you my hatred and contempt for tough guy hardcore. Bad vocals, horid lyrics, repetitive guitar, and lame singalongs. Whoo fucknig hoo.

Honestly, this band sucks. Same with Embrace Today, Madball, xDrug Testx, 25 Ta Life, and the like.

Tough Guy hardcore is bad music, and always will be bad music.

- Jordan

soulbleed (May 22, 2004)

this album is crazy stuff. but it's more of the same from stillborn.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Cant agree with the last comment more.....lots of bands suffer from this....it breaks the album

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

I thought this album was let down by it's ultra-smooth production, it seemed to rob the songs of emotional a little. I like a bit of crunch in my hardcore. That's entirely personal though, the songs are well written and the message is a good one.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"The most prominent feature of With Honor's sound is their incredible sing alongs (somewhat similar to those of Comeback Kid)."

Worse thing ever. They suck, in my opinion. (CBK, too)

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

this review is for the selftitled EP not the full length it seems like

but damn, both releases are amazing,

with honor = wow

great dudes, great music, positive message

one of the best bands around

porkpie (May 21, 2004)

solid band. the albums are alright but don't really do the band justice. if you like these guys, be sure to check out "the risk taken" as well.

-brent

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Eh, pretty nice. Standard CTHC fare. Their shows attract A LOT of assholes and tough guys.

innocentbystander (May 21, 2004)

awesome album and they are really great live.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

posi hardcore at it's best

Jesse (May 21, 2004)

I usually don't like music of this hardcore-punk sort of genre, but this is really well written stuff.

musical-monkey (May 21, 2004)

great cd but the lyrics are kind of eh

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

This album really is too good.

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