The Last Stand

The Time Is Now

Written by: PP on 13/03/2013 23:45:08

Listening to a New York Hardcore release is always going to be a familiar experience as long as you're accustomed to records by Madball, Agnostic Front, and Sick Of It All, the three heavyweights in the genre. It's a style that refuses to change or to innovate from the streets of its 80s origins, which is good, because you always know what you're getting into, and most of the time it's way better than the countless Terror worshipping monotone hardcore bands out there. One such example is The Last Stand, whose debut album "The Time Is Now" sounds just like any Madball release would these days, coupled with the inherent quality that such a reference brings on the table.

Bands like Stigma, Spider Crew, and even Lionheart are no strangers to the avid hardcore fan, and apparently not to The Last Stand either who also reference a similar down-tuned, hardcore punk-based sound. It's a tried-and-tested formula of New York Hardcore that takes no chances, which is probably why it has attracted guest appearances from Lou Keller of SOIA, Dave Franklin of Vision, and Joseph James of Agnostic Front. It's sufficiently aggressive, and the lyrics are predictably confrontational, usually spat out with angry yells containing power messages about family, the streets, and the struggles of life. So basically the standard issue hardcore themes. That doesn't make the release generic, at least not necessarily, because The Last Stand deliver their sound with enough groove and good songs to make an impression. Granted, this is no "Death To Tyrants" or "Set It Off" by any means, but fans of NYHC will find plenty to like here according to any measure of the genre.


Download: Unleashed, Good Day To Die,
For the fans of: Madball, Agnostic Front, Stigma, Spider Crew, Lionheart
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Release date 22.01.2013

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