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Ceremony - Scared People [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Ceremony

Ceremony: Scared People [7 inch]Scared People [7 inch] (2007)
Bridge Nine Records

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Ceremony have been riding a wave of hardcore hype for some time now, and if Scared People is any indication, they should stay afloat for quite some time. On this new 7", packed with five new songs and one Negative FX cover, the Bay Area outfit continue to prove they're more than just Infest updat.
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Ceremony have been riding a wave of hardcore hype for some time now, and if Scared People is any indication, they should stay afloat for quite some time.

On this new 7", packed with five new songs and one Negative FX cover, the Bay Area outfit continue to prove they're more than just Infest updated for the new millennium. Opener "It Rained Today Inside My Head" begins with subtle, pulsating taps on the toms and builds to reveal itself as one of the band's signature, stomping, mid-tempo ragers. "Mothers and Fathers" takes a similar approach in an even more condensed amount of time, but it's just as menacing -- a word that often seems to work well when describing Ceremony's sound.

Meanwhile, "The Lines in My Forehead" should be recognizable to any fan of the band's Violence Violence -- it's thrashy, lightning fast and vocally indecipherable, just like most of that album's tracks. "Making with the Stale Air" is a cool, 36-second blast with constant changes in vocal and drum tempos, while "Every Corner a Liquor Store" combines a few of the band's best traits.

The act tackles the NegFX cover of "Feel Like a Man" with aplomb -- they nail the opening riff and practically sample the gang vocals, with the same camaraderie of the group-shouted chorus.

There's a lot of hyperbole thrown around this genre sometimes, and Ceremony is no exception. However, one listen to Scared People and it's hard to argue it isn't warranted.

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edgar13 (August 13, 2008)

the new full length is totally unique and basically destroys the hardcore genre

killthemessageboard (October 6, 2007)

"people wouldn't be saying this if these records came out on a label like 625, it's just cool to hate."

i don't think it has anything to do with what label they're on, i think it's that fact that if you listen to a lot of fast hardcore you realize that Ceremony isn't doing anything all that original to garner all the praise they get. i mean Lack Of Interest plays fast and sounded like Infest long before Ceremony was a band yet nobody was creaming their pants when their new LP came out a few years back.

bizzlebrizzle (October 4, 2007)

"comparing this band to Infest is an embarrassment."

People wouldn't be saying this if these records came out on a label like 625, it's just cool to hate.

bookattack (October 3, 2007)

comparing this band to Infest is an embarrassment.

eyeslikebombs (October 3, 2007)

I thought the Negative FX cover was really fun, a nice break from their usual vibe.

DrGunn (October 2, 2007)

yeah, not as good as violence violence, but i'm still into it. the opener is the strongest track, the highlight being the way he annunciates "meeeeee". and i like negative fx, but that cover is pretty cheesy.

wallofyouth (October 2, 2007)

menacing is right. what an awesome band. scariest live show this side of alan jackson

theyounginfluential (October 2, 2007)

not as good as violence violence, but still solid

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