Sum of All Fears "From This Day Forward…" CDPosted on Monday, October 24th, 2005 @ 5:40am » permalink
Here's another underrated mid-90's hardcore record that I never really knew much about. The debut 1996 "full-length" (not really, in my opinion, it's only seven songs in less than a half-hour) from Connecticut's Sum of All Fears, which was also the debut release for the fledgling East Coast Empire label. I once made the mistake of parting ways with this CD due to its rather rough recording quality (and, as you can see, this disc also comes from a time when many hardcore record layouts were, to put it bluntly, hideous), but an old mix tape that contained the song "Enduring the Test of Time" quickly drove me to reacquire the record. Of course, I couldn't identify the song un the unlabeled tape, so I had to make an mp3 and post it online with a call for help several years ago, but thankfully someone knew what it was – and let me tell you, that song is without a doubt one of the best hardcore tracks of the 90's – hands down. As a whole these guys' brand of chunky hardcore with a mix of moshy breakdowns and rather basic fast paced power chords was nothing new, but it still had its own little nuances of subtle melody, and when they were on in terms of songwriting, they were fucking dead on. Just check out "Enduring the Test of Time" for flawless proof of what this band had to offer at their finest.
Aside from a split 7" with Tenfold and some compilation appearances I'm not sure what else these cats released, if anything. But "From This Day Forward…" is still out there, generally used, so pick it up if you dig the above tunes: