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Righteous Jams

Righteous Jams: Business as UsualBusiness as Usual (2006)
Abacus Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: Ben_ConoleyBen_Conoley
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Righteous Jams' debut, Rage of Discipline was a helluva party. While not taking it too seriously, it was a forceful testament to demonstrating how hardcore can be both equally fun and hard. Their in-the-know twist on traditional straight-edge hardcore simply came off just as sincere. Business as.
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Righteous Jams' debut, Rage of Discipline was a helluva party. While not taking it too seriously, it was a forceful testament to demonstrating how hardcore can be both equally fun and hard. Their in-the-know twist on traditional straight-edge hardcore simply came off just as sincere.

Business as Usual is the Boston band's twice-as-long followup. It could have been a highlight of 2006, but instead falls far short of the mark they set themselves with earlier efforts. Perhaps Righteous Jams are the kind of band that are better enjoyed in shorter bursts, or perhaps they just need some time to work into how they want to present themselves in longer, more fleshed out songs as they do here.

Musically, the band is still solid, as far as simple straight-ahead hardcore goes, but it's Joey C's vocals that seem to be the source of most of my disappointment. Despite having a much angrier tone, his vocals took on a new sound, which might best be described as lizard-like (and yes, there is a song here coincidentally titled "Lizards").

Either way, I found Rage of Discipline to be a really fun record, and I don't hear that this time around. There are plenty of hardcore bands that simply sound angry, and while that's just fine, I was hoping for something different with Righteous Jams again.

 


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Anonymous (January 29, 2007)

This couldn't sound any more different than Hatebreed.
And, only one guy in this band is in a "nitwit gang," you nitwit, and it's not Joey C.

BisonChris (January 29, 2007)

good album, but compared to rage of discipline it sucks, compared to other bands though, it still holds up

Anonymous (January 28, 2007)

i don't know man, this record kinda bummed me out. being from boston i expected the album to be awesome, but it was pretty boring. ive heard worse but this wasnt anything great.

Sally_Field (January 27, 2007)

Really disappointing.

johnnydanger (January 27, 2007)

Record blows. Didn't see this coming at all. Missing all the fun and melody that made their initial few years around interesting.

fox82 (January 26, 2007)

I agree.

And Mental were better.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

I think Ben hit the nail rather square on this review.

This record isn't bad or anything, just not as good as their EP.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

stunning album art

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

Saw this band last Spring and they were ok but there was a strange "meathead" vibe to them. STill their first record was ok so I picked this up and it is horrible. The vocals are so bad it hurts my ears. Dudes should spend less time lifting weights and being in a nitwit gang (FSU) and learn how to fucking sing.

wearestillalive (January 26, 2007)

these guys rock the shit live

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

hatebreed? are you crazy? this record isnt amazing but definitely doesnt sound like hatebreed. rage of discipline was so solid...they kind of fell off with this one.

video_cognito (January 26, 2007)

I saw them open for Dropkick Murphys in November '05. They weren't righteous at all. In fact, they were lefteous.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

watta bunch of fucksticks

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

Singer of this band hits up tanning salons weekly. Thats pretty hardcore if you ask me.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

maybe i just wanted something more like outbreak but these guys bummed me out. this just sounds like hatebreed or something to me now

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