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Worn Thin

Worn Thin: Remnants Of What Could Have BeenRemnants Of What Could Have Been (2003)
Youngblood

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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I was getting a little annoyed with what was passing as hardcore these days, after hearing stuff from Madball, Skaretactic, North Side Kings, etc. I was wondering if I'd ever see another band in my review pile that actually played good hardcore. Leave it to DC to produce a band that would answer my.
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I was getting a little annoyed with what was passing as hardcore these days, after hearing stuff from Madball, Skaretactic, North Side Kings, etc. I was wondering if I'd ever see another band in my review pile that actually played good hardcore. Leave it to DC to produce a band that would answer my question in full. Forming in late 1999 or early 2000, Worn Thin plays hardcore that is catchy, but certainly not toothless.

With their sound finding a middle ground between melodic and aggressive, Worn Thin reminds me of Turning Point with a bit of modern edge, sort of like Count Me Out. The vocals immediately stood out to me, even from the first listen. Carlos' shout is powerful, without sounding overbearing, or like quasi-tough guy thug. Sure, shouted choruses have been done by a million bands, but when done well they can still sound amazing. The melody makes these songs incredibly memorable, even the vocals have a melodic quality, although there's not any true singing to speak of. This release is discography of sorts, compiling the bands earlier material on one convenient disc. Although the lyrics are somewhat cliché, the delivery really makes all the difference; a lesser band couldn't have pulled it off so well. What could they do to top this all off? Why, a cover of "Little Friend" by Minor Threat, of course. And why not?

Unfortunately, Worn Thin appears to be planning to break up at the end of the summer, so catch them while you still can. Hopefully they can put out another release before they disband. Although this release is only a compilation, is still an extremely solid collection of songs, that would make an impressive full-length any day.

My Favorite Track: Gone, Bye

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Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

I love this cd, but the best song on this is the one with the guy from striking distance on it....one of the best bands to come out of DC in awhile...melodic like GB and In my eyes with a twist of new hardcore in the vein of comeback kid and bane...worth it for the video and enchnced cd alone...this smokes

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

OCTO-hardcore

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

Hardcore kids

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

I heard these guys have some punk dude in their band . . . maybe that's why they suck.

we don't fake it, we just take it . . .

HEEEEEEEEEEYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

Sounds a bit like Count Me Out?... and a Minor Threat cover to boot? Rock ,and or, roll. I'll definitely have to check this out.

-ObeyYourParents

manman (July 23, 2004)

Worn Thin has all the deception of being decent until the screaming begins and doesn't cease. Seriously, what is so great abou listening to lyrics being forced through a sluice of teeth that disrupt any form of a sentance through the microphone.

Oh, and you can call it anger. You can call it fear. You can call it frustration. And you could grow up and listen to something besides this maddening nonsense.

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2004)

"Definitely, but they were one of the earlier bands to start going beyond "don't do drugs" and got into "Hardcore pride!" and I think that's why they had a huge lyrical influence on ECHC bands."

Yeah, I guess. A lot of bands twisted it into something else, though.

BSD (July 21, 2004)

Definitely, but they were one of the earlier bands to start going beyond "don't do drugs" and got into "Hardcore pride!" and I think that's why they had a huge lyrical influence on ECHC bands.

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2004)

"I mean, they weren't as hard as the other three big influences on modern hardcore (Youth of Today, Sick of It All and Earth Crisis), but they weren't the most influential for their music. It was the way they got their message out, rather."

Yeah, but I'd say they got their message out in a much less confrontational manner than a lot of the other bands around that time, particularly those on Revelation. It's a shame that their music didn't influence more bands, because I'd take melodic hardcore over tough guy moshmetal any day.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I listened to Earth Crisis the other day...I couldn't believe that I forgot how goddamn awful it was. Bleagh, it was terrible!

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Christ on a bike! Is this a civilized discussion about hardcore on a punknews messageboard?!?!? No sarcasm? No namecalling?

I guess it can be done.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I'll pass on this shit

BSD (July 21, 2004)

I mean, they weren't as hard as the other three big influences on modern hardcore (Youth of Today, Sick of It All and Earth Crisis), but they weren't the most influential for their music. It was the way they got their message out, rather.

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2004)

Oops, didn't see your other comment, I see what you meant now.

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2004)

It was an honest question, I still don't understand why you grouped them with those other bands.

BSD (July 21, 2004)

Another thing, was that an honest question or were you attempting to "show me up" about hardcore knowledge? GB was one of the first bands I listened to, so you should pick some newer band like Shai Hulud. I know nothing about them, yet aimlessly criticsize them for the album I've heard by them.

Zombie Apocalypse are pretty cool, too, I guess.

BSD (July 21, 2004)

They were faster and harder than most hardcore bands, and they were part of the whole "Youth Crew" positiveXedge thing that a lot of hardline/negativeXedge bands grew out of. Like most kids who are into the modern metal-hardcore sXe scene, the only two older bands most of them have heard are GB or YoT.

Did I say they sounded metallic? I don't remember, that's not a rhetorical question. I think they inspired a lot of metal sounding bands. I think Hatebreed are GB fans, as silly as that sounds.

FortyMinutesWest (July 21, 2004)

Speaking of hardcore, BSD, I've been meaning to ask you this:

A while back I remember you grouping Gorilla Biscuits with a bunch of metallic hardcore bands, when all they had in common was the fact that were from the east coast, so what gives? They might have relied on riffs that were slightly fancier than some other bands, but I'd hardly characterize them as metallic.

BSD (July 21, 2004)

Yeah until the day I get put on staff and sent shit through the mail to review.

maverick (July 20, 2004)

Forty's about the only guy on this site outside of Aubin who really knows hardcore in and out.

-Scott

dazed (July 20, 2004)

These guys are good.

I pretty much agree with this review 100%.

FortyMinutesWest (July 20, 2004)

"oh i know why 40, you don't know shit about hardcore"

I wish I knew what you were responding to with this comment.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

my band used to play with these guys all the time, they're real stand up dudes.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

johnnydanger please support that, forty has proven himself to be very knowledgeable about hardcore...

johnnydanger (July 20, 2004)

oh i know why 40, you don't know shit about hardcore

BSD (July 20, 2004)

This shit sounds dope, yo. Def. be checkin' these here mothafuckaz out.

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