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Champion / Betrayed

Champion / Betrayed: SplitSplit (2006)
Rivalry Records

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The other of Rivalry's anticipated split EPs released on March 21st is the one between Champion and Betrayed, and it's important for respective reasons: It's Champion's final recorded output after announcing their demise this past January, and the next logical step, Betrayed offer a window into thei.
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The other of Rivalry's anticipated split EPs released on March 21st is the one between Champion and Betrayed, and it's important for respective reasons: It's Champion's final recorded output after announcing their demise this past January, and the next logical step, Betrayed offer a window into their upcoming debut full-length and first release for Equal Vision, Substance.

Champion take the bat first and deliver 3 bites of fast straight-edge hardcore not far off from 2004's Promises Kept -- even the recording sounds similar, with Jim Hesketh's vocals slightly muffled in the mix, and the guitars loud, raw and charged. Any fans of the band shouldn't be disappointed in the offerings, though these don't seem to quite match up with some of Promises Kept's standouts (the title track, "The Truth"). Still, these are competent, notably the uber-catchy "Now Is the Time." Their half sounds more like a section taken out of a larger album rather than a complete trilogy on its own, but it's solid, so further complaining can be forgoed.

The formula for Betrayed's side doesn't seem entirely different at first, but the band mix it up a bit by inserting some Dag Nasty-styled emo referencing; it's especially noticable in "Bring It to Life," which actually experiments a little with some more atmospheric guitars and reflective tempos. On the flipside, "Consequence" is less than two minutes of pissed off, sing-along fun that should work pretty well in the live setting. It's good to see the band deliver a second straight EP to further develop their style before Substance drops in July, because the progression from this is promising, especially as much of the cliché straight-edge rhetoric has been restrained.

So as we turn the final page on one chapter, another one appropriately begins, and if this one's climax is even more thrilling, we have more of a reason to keep reading on.

Or maybe you can just excuse my lame metaphors and check this out.

Champion - Break Through
Betrayed - Consequence

 

 
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SlowStupidHungry (May 21, 2006)

Janelle!

Anonymous (May 21, 2006)

definitely dug the betrayed songs. some good stuff going there
-Janelle

jamespastepunk (May 19, 2006)

I need to hear this...

Anonymous (May 19, 2006)

I must admit that this style is getting rather played out.

BizzleBrizzle (May 19, 2006)

god anonymous posters are fucking retards, this split fucking rules, the Betrayed half is definitely the best.

theOneTrueBill (May 19, 2006)

booooooooooooooooo-ring

LeightonESmith (May 19, 2006)

I saw Champion and Betrayed back when they toured Australia in december last year. Champion was blistering but Betrayed overshaddowed them with brilliant catchy melodies. Aram (their lead singer) is an overwhelming positive presence and refreshing. I forecast their full length will be a top 10 cd......

Anonymous (May 19, 2006)

I wish this whole scene would just fucking smoke a few cigarettes and then kill themselves. The really shitty part is that kids all over the third world are emulating this retarded style of hardcore since its about the only kind of american punk records they can find. Depressing.

Anonymous (May 19, 2006)

so is the upcoming betrayed album going to consist of them covering the joy division and/or new order compilation of the same name(s) in their entirety? lord i hope so.

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