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Now Soldiers

Now Soldiers: Sick WorldSick World (2006)
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It's becoming increasingly more difficult for up-and-coming melodic hardcore bands to separate themselves from the pack. For every Bane and With Honor, there's hundreds of bands that come and go without so much of a notice from anyone outside their immediate area. Complicating the situation further .
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It's becoming increasingly more difficult for up-and-coming melodic hardcore bands to separate themselves from the pack. For every Bane and With Honor, there's hundreds of bands that come and go without so much of a notice from anyone outside their immediate area. Complicating the situation further is that many bands who try to extend themselves outside the confines of the genre are put off as just riding a gimmick.

Now Soldiers take the straight-and-narrow, opting to play the very familiar style that I'm sure everyone has heard time and time again. In their defense though, they do play that style better than many others who attempt it.

As with any band of this style, it all has to start with a strong vocalist. That vocalist is the anchor and the means of movement behind Now Soldiers, and luckily for all involved, he is the strongest link. While keeping a good amount of variety in his inflection and his delivery, Tyler Toth's sincere demeanor and lyrical approach work well in the band's favor, and the gang vocals are strong and full. Unlike some bands who become to reliant on those gang vocals, though, Now Soldiers use them as well-timed accents to the already hard-hitting tracks.

"Description of Man" has a very Heart Means Everything-era With Honor vibe, and the driving chord progressions keep you on your toes. The rhythms are excellent, and never become stale or tiresome. Granted, it is only a five-song EP clocking in at 15 minutes, but keeping that continuity and keeping that general sense of urgency is very important with the style being played. "The Oldest Game" changes things up again, the riffs slow and heavy, the drums pounding in exact time with the vocals, and those vocals feeling angrier and more full of feeling than anywhere else on this EP. Suffice to say, it's a rather powerful song, and a great benchmark in which to close the album.

Potential will only take a band so far, but I feel like this is one that could really run with it and become something special. It's a rare thing for a band's head to be sticking far above the rest, but give them some time, and Now Soldiers could be breathing only the finest of air.

 

 
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Adam_K (October 30, 2006)

They were pretty cool when I saw them a few weeks ago. This is good too even though Ihaven't listened to it since I got it.

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

Every week you come out of the woodwork with some new lame youth-core/melodic hardcore/spirit of whatever the fuck year of hardcore is in trend this week-band that sounds exactly like five hundred other oness. Give 'em 3 to 4 1/2 stars, say that they will soon be pivotal, talk about how inspiring they are or some other shit, and leave. Meanwhile the same music is getting made over and over because music critics (at least on this website) can't seem to fucking grow a pair, and call a spade a spade: this shit has been done! You aren't a bad writer, use your powers to tear into some of this repetitive lameness.

Anchors (October 30, 2006)

Do you even read my reviews? I've ripped apart plenty of shitty hardcore bands.

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

note to anchors: stop giving a minimum three stars to a band just because they play hardcore. 75% of these bands sound exactly the same as one another, and you say so in your reviews. so why the fuck do you hand out sevens (meaning the album is above average, right?) and eights to hardcore bands like it's fucking candy on halloween? that's all.

pinkerton (October 27, 2006)

maybe its just myspace, but the sound is really bad. the bass is just thudding.

kamikazepilot42 (October 27, 2006)

In an added note to my anonymous comment below, it's good to see this album reviewed here and see this band getting some exposure.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

This band is so good, and they are good live as well. Check them out.
I listen to this EP over and over again and just wish I had more to listen too.

RyanRockwell (October 27, 2006)

These guys are dear freinds of ours and are really good, go check them out live if they come enar you, they put on a great show.

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