Death Before Dishonor - Friends Family Forever [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

Death Before Dishonor

Death Before Dishonor: Friends Family Forever [reissue]Friends Family Forever [reissue] (2006)
Bridge Nine Records

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I would like to preface this review by saying I fell asleep roughly three times throughout the course of this 44-minute album, shockingly for this type of music entitled Friends Family Forever. This ??new' offering from Death Before Dishonor compiles a reissue of the aforementioned EP and a sizable live set. However, loud guitars and throaty vocals will do nothing in the way of intensity or even just being interesting if the structures of the songs themselves are so lacking at the base.

That's the issue here, as despite all the noise created in these 16 songs, it's completely belittled by the lack of variety, or even change in vocal inflection that would make one thing there's some sort of reason to keep listening. There's not. Song in, song out, it's about the same length and about the very same topics. Now I understand that if the members of this band wanted to pontificate, and stretch the bounds of artistic license, they would have likely gone with a different type of music, but that doesn't change the fact that the ability to make this style of hardcore interesting is out there. Palehorse have that ability, and they achieve it through a fair amount of diversity and heaviness that comes from more than just guitars tuned to the lowest setting.

The close-to-two-minute duration of "Born from Misery" will tell you everything that you need to know about the band without having to listen any further. Angry but with no sense of direction, even two minutes finds the band plodding around and toiling with some of the exact same tricks they used 45 seconds earlier. The sporadic gang vocals and breakdowns do nothing to quell the feeling of repetition either, as their inclusion only highlights the perpetual state of doldrum to be found elsewhere.

I really don't like being so curt with reviews, but there's simply not much here to say. If you're a fan of the band already, and hadn't owned the material previously, I see no reason you won't both enjoy this. The inclusion of a CBGB live set might also entice some, but for the rest of us I'd be a liar if I said there's anything new to offer.

Not for your friends, or your family.


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TrailorParkThrash (January 18, 2007)

and how about that albulm name hahaha,absolutely ridiculous

TrailorParkThrash (January 18, 2007)

could their be anything worse

Anonymous (January 15, 2007)

I'm seeing Dead Hearts play later this month and they'r eon tour with this band and First Blood. Hopefully Dead Hearts will play first so I won't have to sit through either of these bands sets. Both are generic bro hardcore whereas Dead Hearts could be American Nightmare's/GUTG's younger brother. Need I say more about which is the best band?

Anonymous (January 14, 2007)

*there is more of a Madball influence

Anonymous (January 14, 2007)

feeding, I wouldn't consider this youth crew. Granted, I think most youth crew sucks, but Madball.


halfcutskeleton (January 14, 2007)

That CrimeScene video is so funny. Please tell me its a joke.

Adam_K (January 12, 2007)

I listened to the old version of this last night for the first time in a while. I still think everything between the first and last songs sucks. Those two songs are great though.

Pre-Supertouch band was better.

And that Clipse review should be posted since it's just as if not more punk than this record.

feeeding5000 (January 12, 2007)

Yeah, modern youth crew-ish hardcore sucks, for the most part. Should I review Monster X?

Ianw (January 12, 2007)

guys, we better watch out. Some hardcore kids gunna call us fags!

theonetruebill (January 12, 2007)
theonetruebill (January 12, 2007)

Woah, Anchors doesn't like a mediocre hardcore release?!?! MARK THIS DAY MY FRIENDS!

tenwestchaser (January 12, 2007)

"Worst band name ever."

I don't think so....Heavy Heavy Low Low is SOOOOOO much gayer of a name than this. It may be generic but it's not laugh out loud hilarious

Archangel (January 12, 2007)

You know how people like to make fun of a genre by coming up with the most cliched band name/album title they can? This is the result of such a game. Shit shit shit.

Badger_Legion (January 12, 2007)

Worst band name ever.

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