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Purpose

Purpose: 1994-20011994-2001 (2007)
Black Numbers

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Purpose was a melodic emotional hardcore act that existed from 1994-2001, an era immortalized in the title of their collected works here, 1994-2001. Compiled by the Black Numbers label, the 27-song disc contains all four of the band's EPs, various demos recorded at Ground Zero Studios late in their .
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Purpose was a melodic emotional hardcore act that existed from 1994-2001, an era immortalized in the title of their collected works here, 1994-2001. Compiled by the Black Numbers label, the 27-song disc contains all four of the band's EPs, various demos recorded at Ground Zero Studios late in their career, a Rites of Spring cover and a previously unreleased track. The band totaled ten members having had a role here by the end of their existence, and not being terribly familiar with 1990s New Jersey hardcore, one of those names stick out immediately to me: Bill Henderson (ex-Thursday / The Procedure / Between the Wars / X One Way X).

The discography begins with 1999, maybe 2000's Art as a Weapon, seemingly the band's best offering. Here they sort of remind me of early Boy Sets Fire (vocals especially), only drained of much of that band's hardcore aggression and scream-fueled dynamic, but with a more accessible and melodic touch la Turning Point's final recorded output. However, Purpose still have some excellent tempo changes and sudden breakneck deliveries, like the ever-changing "That Smile." Another standout here is the energetic and vaguely Ignite-like "Player Piano."

Unfortunately, the next few releases run together a little bit, and they aren't as well-recorded or musically accomplished as Art as a Weapon. They're competent and interesting enough to retain a mild command of the listener's attention, though. Alpha and Omega sounds like Weapon's logical forebearer, while What's in Worth is a little more typical late `80s (Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits) / early `90s (Shelter) Rev hardcore.

However, any mind that's drifted for several consecutive songs will immediately be brought back by the band's spot-on cover of Rites of Spring's "For Want Of." It's wonderful enough to be treated to a classic, but it's even better that the band absolutely nail it, especially its important, climactic line ("I woke up this mornin' / with a piece of past caught in my throat / and then I choked").

One of New Jersey's better kept secrets over the course of the `90s and into the tip of the early 2000s seemingly had, well, a purpose. That purpose -- conveying real, profound and inspired emotion -- comes across pretty well in this nicely done, career-spanning overview.

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thomas7155 (October 31, 2007)

Oh, and by the way, there's a Someone at the bottom of the page.

thomas7155 (October 31, 2007)

Score is the for the Kurt Vonnegut book "Player Piano" and the band Ignite.

onegirlarmy (August 10, 2007)

I believe the singer went on to be in the Break, who have released several records on Doghouse and Ferret...

Yes, this is true. The Break were fronted by John Waverka who sang for Purpose.

Good disc, I'm glad to finally have all the Purpose vinyl releases on CD so I can listen to them on my mp3 player.

JustinUCR (August 10, 2007)

I believe the singer went on to be in the Break, who have released several records on Doghouse and Ferret...

Anonymous (August 10, 2007)

dudes were not related to Sean.

feeeding5000 (August 10, 2007)

The streaming track sounds kinda rock'n'roll-y...not quite what I would think of as "emotional hardcore". Like, where are the screams? The octave chords? Not something I'll be getting, but not bad, really.

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