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Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah: Universal PeaceUniversal Peace (2006)
Youngblood

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Lion of Judah assuredly unleashes one of the year's more unique and ambitious hardcore efforts with Universal Peace, their first full-length. Producing raspy vocally, musically driven "soul-influenced" songs, fellow D.C. residuals and legends Bad Brains is often cited as Lion of Judah's biggest .
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Lion of Judah assuredly unleashes one of the year's more unique and ambitious hardcore efforts with Universal Peace, their first full-length.

Producing raspy vocally, musically driven "soul-influenced" songs, fellow D.C. residuals and legends Bad Brains is often cited as Lion of Judah's biggest influence. However, unlike another certain (albeit well-respected) gang of BB followers, Charge, never is there a sudden moment of upstroke-laced reggae (not that such would be a detrimental character); rather, Lion of Judah show it with a world-acknowledging socio-politico and personally introspective lyrical base, without dogging on specific events that would cause a datedness.

While it's also a musical standout thanks to its punchy tempo, "U N I Vs. All = Peace" shows off some of the band's more powerful lines; "'People kill people,' you tell me that's life / Ever said it to a soldier's wife?." "Sirhan's Secret" contains a surprising ton of tempo changes considering the style, further cementing the far reach of their unconventional, challenging methods.

While the type of intensity conveyed through Universal Peace is a little more subtle than most of the band's peers, when it's obvious they're certainly on. "Astral Master" concludes with flailing instruments and the vocalist fairly desperately screaming "So scared to live / But I'm afraid to die!." The rushed "Licking Evil" is particularly tasty, especially with the repetitive, frantic and anxious delivery of "In the heart of the right men / In the heart of the white men / Lies a piece of the devil!."

Exhibiting a variety of tempos, vibes, and guitar chords, Universal Peace is solid, smart roots hardcore. Whatever synonyms you can find for 'refreshing' apply here.

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Donkeykongjr (September 18, 2007)

"mousetrapped" is the best song on this CD.

BizzleBrizzle (November 23, 2006)

Lick Evil really is the best song on this record.

inagreendase (November 23, 2006)

Oh boy! I love it when anti-imperialism becomes racism! Hooray!

...Except the lyrics were written by white dudes. So if anything it's like the Chappelle skit.

Scruffy (November 23, 2006)

"Rastas I could tolerate, but I have yet to hear a credible Christian hardcore band."

Have you ever heard Strongarm? And depending on your definition of hardcore, Outer Circle?

Anonymous (November 22, 2006)

Definitely a great record, but for some reason I'm just not as into this one as "Soul Power". Perhaps a few more spins will change my mind.

Anonymous (November 22, 2006)

To those commenting on here who pre-ordered: you'll have your orders very soon if your order hasn't arrived by now! Thanks.

Sean
Youngblood Records

www.youngblood-records.com

P.S. I love this album but I'm a bit biased.

Anonymous (November 22, 2006)

got the lp in the mail today
and its awesome

Adam_K (November 21, 2006)

Band rules. This probably does too.

Score is for first Rage Against the Machine record.

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

"In the heart of the white men / Lies a piece of the devil!."

Oh boy! I love it when anti-imperialism becomes racism! Hooray!

The music is alright though.

And who cares whether they are Rastafarian or Pastafarian or Christian.

changeisasound (November 21, 2006)

lion of judah -> fucking rad. and i better get my pre-order very soon.

Osloboditelj (November 21, 2006)

The concept of a band called Lion of Judah that's not reggae is... strange.

etwiels88 (November 21, 2006)

best band

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

why review a record if you cant describe the music and direction of the cd. way to rushed for a good band. leave these records for someone more capable.

BizzleBrizzle (November 21, 2006)

also, almost positive they're not christians, and they don't look like Rastas

BizzleBrizzle (November 21, 2006)

One of the best records of the year

usversusthem (November 21, 2006)

And how are Rastas better?

Cos (November 21, 2006)

So are they Rastas or Christians?

Rastas I could tolerate, but I have yet to hear a credible Christian hardcore band.

iamgay69 (November 21, 2006)

artwork reminds me of rubber soul

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

I still haven't heard this, i pre-ordered it along with the new fired up 7 inch. it better come soon.

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