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Down to Nothing

Down to Nothing: The MostThe Most (2007)
Revelation Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Despite the surprise excitement of live Minor Threat covers, Down to Nothing had never particularly impressed me, the barrage of pointless mosh/two-step parts likely being the main culprit. With their proper Revelation debut, The Most, there's a good chance there'll be more than one person claiming .
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Despite the surprise excitement of live Minor Threat covers, Down to Nothing had never particularly impressed me, the barrage of pointless mosh/two-step parts likely being the main culprit. With their proper Revelation debut, The Most, there's a good chance there'll be more than one person claiming fan conversion, as the band outfit their modern hardcore stylings with a more melodic, slightly less burly setup with the occasional nod to late `80s hardcore touchstones. Despite DTN managing to overall retain their identity, it's still an alternate approach for the band that better calls to mind Bane channeling Turning Point, not unlike the band's newer, more heartfelt peers in Have Heart and Sinking Ships (hardly a shock sonically at least, considering the last full-length efforts from HH and DTN were recorded by Jim Siegel).

The 23-minute blast offers a number of engaging moments and surprisingly creative points. Opener "Along for the Ride" packs a little musical muscle without coming off overbearing, while gang vocals and wonderfully crafted stop-starts in the middle of "My Disguise" punctuate the song perfectly. "Serve and Neglect" is one of The Most's best, with some of the band's trademark, playful `80s skate riffs and quirky line delivery from vocalist David Wood. But "Well Deserved" might be the best, chock full of instrument change-ups and a variety of tempos, and Wood sounding particularly condemning when he spits "you fit the part, you think you got some image / and you expect everyone just to give in / no one's buying." "Up River" is "Well Deserved"'s main competitor, as it's unusually emotional for the act, sincerely warning against the evils of addiction and abuse as evidenced by the downfall of friends, with the band even throwing in a nostalgic "smash it!"

Sure, you've got your breakdowns and dance cues, but unlike past efforts they're never overextended and used considerably sparsely in comparison. Through this careful, more economical employment, they're entirely more effective (see: the end of "Serve and Neglect") and make their mark hard.

DTN tend to lay on the cheese a bit with their thoughts and offerings on their straight-edge bearings and hardcore lifestyle ("fight the pain, don't give in / be stronger, fight it, overcome it" / "never learned from your past mistakes / no sympathy when you fucking wake"), but it's usually pretty tolerable, if not even well-written sometimes.

At least in this reviewer's opinion, Down to Nothing has produced their finest effort to date with The Most. Revelation Records continues to parade out the standout releases in today's hardcore scene, and Down to Nothing's revelatory progress is no exception.

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Bockeryders (August 8, 2011)

This album is insane!
Very good riffs and a lot of energy

Anonymous (August 6, 2007)

no it's richmond

Anonymous (August 6, 2007)

is that new york? are those the twin towers i see?

WhiteCollar (August 6, 2007)

good dudes, good band

and the cover is of one of my favorite places on the planet

danperrone (August 5, 2007)

listened and quickly forgot about it

joshcbfl (August 4, 2007)

http://www.punkbands.com/images/releases/7706512200510185465.jpg

Lightning? Check.
Similar colored sky? Check.
Skyscraper backdrop? Check.
Jacob Bannon-esque spray paint look? Check.
People minus faces? Negative.

So I guess it is different, but not by much.

joshcbfl (August 4, 2007)

While I like this band, the cover art for this album reminds me too much of With Honor's "This is our Revenge."

inagreendase (August 3, 2007)

Poster below: You're sort of understating it considering Kid Dynamite is one of my all-time favorite bands. KD used that beat incredibly sporadically on their albums while DTN sort of drove it into the ground on their earlier stuff.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

this guy bad mouths DTN on their extended 2-step part, but one of his favorite releases is kid dynamite... funny... i don't even think kid dynmaite used any other beat but a 2 step beat in their songs

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

great album, their best so far. i think it's just fun to listen to.

ChokingVictim (August 3, 2007)

not much into hardcore like this, but my friend got me into them. decent band.

miff (August 3, 2007)

I read this in rock sound in an article about the band and found it most amusing

"'The Most' which is being released by Revelation Records as the label builds bridges with a scene it has long ignored."

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

"This hammer of God is coming DOWN ON YOU!"

*Ravi

jbright (August 3, 2007)

its a good cd. much better live though (as usual with hardcore).

onegirlarmy (August 3, 2007)

I love this band.

moneenerd (August 3, 2007)

FIRST!

I'm not into two-step bands much either, but ive always thought Down To Nothing was a really fun band.

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