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Death Before Dishonor

Death Before Dishonor: Better Ways to DieBetter Ways to Die (2009)
Bridge Nine Records

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It's hard to believe that Death Before Dishonor is ten releases and almost as many years into its career. Harder still to believe that the band has improved by such leaps and bounds just over the last three albums. It's not so much an indictment of the band as it is acknowledgement that hardcore .
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It's hard to believe that Death Before Dishonor is ten releases and almost as many years into its career. Harder still to believe that the band has improved by such leaps and bounds just over the last three albums.

It's not so much an indictment of the band as it is acknowledgement that hardcore bands have short lifespans and don't often show as much release-to-release improvement as some of Boston's finest have.

Whatever the reason, this ferocious five-piece is back with Better Ways to Die and they've brought with them some new wrinkles to appease old fans and newcomers alike. The vocals are as aggressive and in-your-face as ever, but it's the other areas of songwriting that DB4D have shown the most improvement in.

"Peace and Quiet" opens the album with some dizzying chord progressions and "Fuck This Year" benefits from rapidly changing riffs and a pulsating bassline while "Boys in Blue" is more standard hardcore fare. Don't confuse 'standard' for 'boring,' though, as these songs are anything but. The unwavering intensity of the instrumentation and the impassioned delivery of the vocals keep this relatively short effort -- 11 songs clock in at under 25 minutes -- interesting throughout.

And the way they keep it interesting throughout is a solid variance in tempos and vocal deliveries. The aforementioned "Peace and Quiet" is a brash and fiery salvo that barely tops a minute where as "So Far from Home" is a slower, more deliberate expression of rage that keeps the riffs churning. The one constant is an ever burning anger -- a visceral, captivating anger that commands full attention while the riffs swirl and punctuate the undercurrent.

Plain and simple -- Death Before Dishonor is a band more than worthy of any hardcore fan's attention.

 

 
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red_eye_inc (October 12, 2009)

it's everything I thought it would be

mattramone (October 12, 2009)

Score is for the retarded font.

SKAtepunk (October 11, 2009)

Wow I love this album. Score is for "Our Glory Days"

LeightonESmith (October 10, 2009)

One of the hardcore albums of the year. They are certainly evolving well, can't wait for what happens next.

Allon (October 10, 2009)

i don't really like their previous material, but i decided to give this a shot anyway. i dunno, it's definitely got its bright spots, the title track is fun along with a few interesting guitar parts here and there. overall i say i like it

____Win_Win_Situation____ (October 9, 2009)

i had the death before dishonor lp by the exploited, it wasn't that good. it was on the combat label i think.

defianceohioequalslove (October 9, 2009)

I've always viewed this band as pretty terrible, but hey, this isn't too too bad. Not my style personally, but I know a good amount of kids that'd eat this up.

inagreendase (October 9, 2009)

I know the last album was the one where they started turning heads, but I still wasn't feeling it.

This, though, oddly into. Little more Boston/street punk/Oi! in the mix and it works well.

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