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46 Short

46 Short: Truth DeniedTruth Denied (2006)
TKO Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: HeinHein
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Long Beach, CA's 46 Short hammered me with this, their 3rd full-length. Unfortunately, I never got to hear the band's previous releases on Know Records (1999) or GoKart Records (2004), but I will definitely try and pick them up whenever I get the chance, as this release is just some of the best `80s.
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Long Beach, CA's 46 Short hammered me with this, their 3rd full-length. Unfortunately, I never got to hear the band's previous releases on Know Records (1999) or GoKart Records (2004), but I will definitely try and pick them up whenever I get the chance, as this release is just some of the best `80s hardcore-influenced music I ever heard. When I listen to old Black Flag, MDC or Circle Jerks records these days, it kinda bothers me that their sound quality is outdated. Well, these 13 songs (actually, it's 14 with the hidden track, which I'm sure is a cover, but I can't place it) pick up just where these bands left off, and add a sound that is thick and biting without sounding old.

These days hardcore has as many variations as punk rock itself it seems; NYHC, post-hardcore, emocore, metalcore, hatecore, screamo...we have it all, and to be honest, none of those are my favorites. But this, my friends, is how I like my hardcore punk: fast and furious, with a singer that is still singing and not growling and who reminded me a lot of Jughead's Revenge -- fast (yet not too complex) chord progressions and a good backing vocalist that does his thing in the chorus, and not just "for-the-scream-of-it." On top of that you get some inspiring politically/socially conscious lyrics.

Out of my current favorite popular bands, maybe Paint It Black comes the closest to this sound, but this one is played just a couple dozen notches faster, and sounds filthier.

There's not really any breathing moments in this release; the songs just keep that same shredding pace, the guitars and drums that same attacking style, and I like almost every song on here. Absolute favorites might be "Human Race," "Left and Right" and "Questions of Futility," but I bet tomorrow I'll pick a few others.

Damn, what a relief to hear this sound again with superb production! Even though you probably weren't born yet in the early `80s, anyone who claims to like hardcore punk should check this out. It's mindblowing and got me rocking and shaking in my chair listening to it through my headphones at maximum volume.


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hein (April 7, 2006)

I have to set something straight here: that hidden track is NO coversong, but a genuine 46 Short song that is titled "Strangers".

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

for some reason, their little quarter-page ad in razorcake stuck in my memory but with a name like 46 short, i wasn't exactly champin' at the bit to check them out. this review's one me over.

they better have mp3s on their website.

dazed (April 6, 2006)

I always thought this band was good but kind of middle-of-the-road for what they did on their Go-Kart releases, nothing especially stood out as being good or bad. Still, if this has rawer production I could see them really kicking it up a notch. Score is for their older stuff, this is going on my list of stuff to check out for sure.

FuckYouOiOiOi (April 6, 2006)

i forgot the rating for the album.

FuckYouOiOiOi (April 6, 2006)

this band fucking kicks ass. right up there with western addiction and paint it black.

rocon65 (April 5, 2006)


rkl (April 5, 2006)

i agree with kliph, im also a fan of low production..

danielsan (April 4, 2006)

i love it when filthy is used as a positive adjective

Anonymous (April 4, 2006)

TKO, to me, always seems to consistently put out good records.

And the thing you were saying about shoddy sound quality of 80s HC records...

That might be a HUGE reason why I love listening to Circle Jerks or Black Flag. I love the fact that there are no tricks or gadgets fucking with the sound, just loud and furious strumming. It sounds deliciously dirty.

I dunno, maybe that's just me though


skankin_in_the_pit (April 4, 2006)

Awesome band. It's cool that they're starting to get some recognition, 'cus I've thought they were way underrated for a while.

I haven't picked this up yet so the score is for the last couple albums.

Testiclese (April 4, 2006)

the mp3s sound pretty hot

almostpunkenough (April 4, 2006)

great fucking album.

Mute98 (April 4, 2006)

i agree so much with this.. this cd is so sick

Anonymous (April 4, 2006)

I think the PIB comparison is pretty accurate, but maybe a little more street punk sounding and melodic.

joeg (April 4, 2006)

wait, you don't like hatecore? wtf?

otherwise good review. i'm gonna check em out. sounds like another good release from tko.

Anonymous (April 4, 2006)

awesome! I bought their first album like a million years ago and it was great.

Anonymous (April 4, 2006)

I hope this is short. I'm gonna check it out!


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