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Another Breath

Another Breath: Mill CityMill City (2006)
Rivalry Records

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Standing in a VFW hall in Fulton, New York, the middle of June, with a hundred and fifty kids crowded around the band, singer Ted AB drops the mic to the floor. He leans back, digs deep, and screams "CONTINGENCIES" so loud it can be heard in Buffalo. "Rotting" has begun, and from that point through .
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Standing in a VFW hall in Fulton, New York, the middle of June, with a hundred and fifty kids crowded around the band, singer Ted AB drops the mic to the floor. He leans back, digs deep, and screams "CONTINGENCIES" so loud it can be heard in Buffalo. "Rotting" has begun, and from that point through the rest of the set, there is no stopping the train of passion and intensity coming from the band. This is the sight I have been so fortunate to see time and time again, this is the secret that the city of Syracuse has somehow been keeping from the world.

With the release of Mill City, that secret can be contained no longer.

It's fury, it's conviction, it's intelligent, it's everything that hardcore needs to encompass this day and age. It stays away from clichés, it stays away from most of the pitfalls and redundancies facing similar bands, all amounting to, though it's only August, the best hardcore record of the year.

The themes in this record are not unlike that of Modern Life Is War's Witness. While the bands sound little alike, both Ted and MLIW singer Jeff Eaton have an eloquent way of storytelling, one that gives a great vantage point to their mindset during the writing process, and thus, making each word just that much more powerful. "A Tragic Hero" combines Ted and How We Are/Achilles frontman Rory VanGrol's voices to exemplify both the previously mentioned conviction and insightful lyrical matter.

"What do you expect me to be? Some kind of Shepard for the fucking sheep? / You're looking in the wrong direction, I never claimed to be any more than what I am." Simple, but so effective, and when you throw in the driving rhythms and relentless drumming, it's a package that just keeps delivering. Not to mention how good, and how fluid the manic screams of VanGrol sound when added into the mix, it's the highest degree of organized chaos. The band has a vision, and no matter how crazy things get, the songs stay centered and cohesive not only in their own context, but in that of Mill City as a whole. There's fifteen songs on the album, and all have their own identity, all have a unique and amazing feel. "Deisel and Gunpowder," one of the album's longer songs, starts off with some clean chord progressions before everything slowly pieces together around it, giving off an epic and devastating feel all at the same time. Slowly progressing, everything fades out but some quiet riffs, to clear way for Ted to scream "Have you ever been so afraid, that you might not have the strength?" and I immediately feel chills run through me. Before having any time to catch my breath, things pick back up with a short and dynamic instrumental passage, with the vocals coming back in once more to close to the song in just as passionate a manner as it began.

Changing things up again is "Orange," a bit slower song than the band is accustomed to playing, but with the groove and dynamic of it being as solid as it is, it perfectly adds to the ebb and flow of the album, and gives the vocals just that much more of a chance to be a force. It's also the longest song on the album, at over 4 minutes, but it doesn't even feel it. "Anchors" is an extremely powerful song about the strength and impact that even one relationship can have, and not in a "brotherhood and vigilance" sort of way, but an honest connection between individuals. Again, a simplistic theme, but so eloquently and powerfully worded that you cannot help to be drawn in. The combination of stellar writing and driving hardcore on every single track does nothing if not keep a steady amount of energy.

I said it before, and I'll say it again, but I consider myself an extremely lucky individual to witness first-hand this band growing to what they've become over the last two and a half years. Getting better and better with every show played and every song recorded, Mill City is the culmination and payoff of all that hard work and conviction. The music is amazing in its own right, raging, dynamic, and in your face for the album's duration, but when you put Ted's words in context, it becomes so much more.

With Mill City's release, the world will finally be able to experience first-hand how unquestionably incredible this band is. Their time has come.

 

 
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kenada (January 2, 2007)

rock to the roll

Anchors (August 14, 2006)

Rory's vocals in Achilles don't sound the same as his vocals for HWA, though. The latter is much more spastic, the former much deeper and more slowly delivered.

johnnydanger (August 8, 2006)

these kids are gettin all bugged up, the vocals are alright in achilles, they dont fit hwa at all

EyesLikeBOmbs (August 5, 2006)

Pretty sick album.

Does Anchors hyperbole annoy anyone else?

EyesLikeBOmbs (August 5, 2006)

Pretty sick album.

Does Anchors hyperbole annoy anyone else?

Anonymous (August 4, 2006)

www.myspace.com/howweare

if your interested. . . leaving for tour on sat.

another breath is better than your band!

Stefano (August 3, 2006)

this record has been non stop in my record player since i got it. it fuckin' rips.

i haven't heard the new verse but i'm sure shit is awesome.

as far as the new How We Are,that shit is gonna blow up in people's faces. it's easily up there as one of the records of the year next to polar bear club.

Anchors (August 3, 2006)

Brizzle, I can promise -- it will knock you on your ass.

BizzleBrizzle (August 3, 2006)

Whoever said that How We Are sucks is a clown.

I can't wait for their new full-length.

Anonymous (August 3, 2006)

Rory's vocals rule. Go listen to Achilles and then tell me he sucks.

Anonymous (August 3, 2006)

rivalry has the hardcore scene on lock

Anchors (August 3, 2006)

Upstate NY kids know a good thing when we hear it, and what we know is that we have two of the best hardcore bands in the country with AB and How We Are.

johnnydanger (August 3, 2006)

As a big AB fan, this release is nothing special. Decent but largely forgettable. New Verse blows this away. And How We Are is overrated, decent tunes, awful vocals. Upstate NY kids get too pumped up.

Anonymous (August 2, 2006)

Ab rules yeah bitch

Not-To-Regret (August 2, 2006)

Anchors finally got a song named after him!
*proceeds to conceptually dance to Bjork*

Anonymous (August 2, 2006)

Quoth Chris Dodge... Never more

-WilliamMarinovic

Anonymous (August 2, 2006)

"Dropping your mic to sing on the floor / That never was nor will be hardcore"

So sayeth the Spazz...Nevermore

-Ken

danielsan (August 1, 2006)

i've just heard the 2 songs that were posted as mp3 of the week a while back, but they're really good so I'll be checking this out

Anonymous (August 1, 2006)

this cd is 100 times better than the new verse and the new verse is awesome.

Anonymous (August 1, 2006)

that song 'orange' sounds pretty much just like Modern Life is War. but i don't care, its damn good.

Anonymous (August 1, 2006)

i need to check this band out immediately.

Flowbee (August 1, 2006)

I agree with Anchors completely. I feel lucky that I've been able to see these guys evolve from playing a basement in Buffalo as "This Neverender" to one of the best bands going in hardcore. This will probably wind up at the top of my list of records that came out this year (the new How We Are will give it some stiff competition though). I got to see this band play 3 times last month and they get better every time. Now that I've listened to "Mill City" a hundred times, I cannot wait to see them play these songs.

Anchors (August 1, 2006)

Jellocore -- you are going to flip shit when you hear the new How We Are record.

It's that good.

sirens (August 1, 2006)

im with revenge therapy. I thought it was bland. But maybe its just not my thing.

R3venge_Therapy (August 1, 2006)

This is far from 10 material. I found there to be nothing special about this release, save some of the lyrics being written very well.

BizzleBrizzle (August 1, 2006)

Also, the new Verse is definitely better.

pastepunk (August 1, 2006)

No doubt about this one... it's an amazing, flawless release.

BizzleBrizzle (August 1, 2006)

This CD's growing on me, I'm not sure if it's 10 material yet though.

Jello-core (August 1, 2006)

I was at that show at the VFW and it was incredible. The energy was positively static. This band has the talent and the intelligence to become a definitve force within a burgeoning hardcore scene.

As a side note; If you haven't heard...How We Are is the best band in hardcore hands down; you just haven't listened to them yet.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (August 1, 2006)

Great band, great record.

Mute98 (August 1, 2006)

great cd, the vocals remind me of the bronx in a way

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