The Warriors - See How You Are (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

The Warriors

See How You Are (2011)


A gap of three-and-a-half years between releases is an eternity in hardcore. Bands routinely form, release a 7-inch, tour, release a full-length, and split up in less time than that. Yet in 2011, the Warriors return with See How You Are, and another 33-minutes of the metallic Nardcore that brought the band to prominence over six years ago.

Crawling forward with the opening title track, the Warriors do little to impress or instill any sense of urgency off the bat. Fortunately, that changes with the successor "The War Unseen", a bobbing, grooving, nearly hardstyle jam as good as anything the Warriors have done. "Seize the Fire" displays the band's Rage Against the Machine influences, changing tempos and flow, and only faltering to a lifeless, humdrum breakdown. Perhaps the most anthemic track of the album, "Where I Stand" is slightly reminiscent of audio themes present on the band's previous release, 2007's Genuine Sense of Outrage.

The second half is highlighted by "Subirse El Muerto", which enters weakly with a round of uninspired monochord hammers before exploding into one of the band's most aggressive, punk-influenced songs. "Here We Go Again" follows, beginning with the same single-chord repetitiveness, though unfortunately never picking up the way its predecessor does. The record closes out with "Along the Way", a metallic hardcore song fairly indicative of the album as a whole, hearing vocalist Marshall Lichtenwaldt growl, "Never real in the first place / There never was a light at the end of the tunnel."

See How You Are is, if nothing else, a reminder that Victory still releases a few quality hardcore albums every year, like Grave Maker and Comeback Kid's efforts of 2010. If you're going to compare just those in the Warriors' catalog, this album doesn't quite match Genuine Sense of Outrage, which is a good starting point. But since some anonymous chumbolone accused that review of sounding like a Mountain Dew ad, listen instead with a nice, tall glass of Tehachapi tap water and maybe you'll better understand where the Warriors are coming from.