The Warriors and Casey Jones…Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2006 @ 9:53 am » permalink
Wow, yeah, holy shit… despite its minor setbacks I knew from the moment I first heard The Warriors' debut album that the band had something special to offer, and they're certainly coming closer to fully realizing that vision on "Beyond the Noise", their latest full-length offering from Eulogy Recordings. Aside from the unique vocals and a few chunky metallic hardcore rhythms this material sounds very little like The Warriors of old. Make no mistake though, that's actually not a bad thing, they've just kind of morphed into this much more developed unit that's dealing in far more of a post-hardcore sort of territory – one where surging rhythms and the intense layering of dissonant melodies and lightly caustic guitar textures lay the foundation for intriguingly arranged vocal patterns that continue to differentiate the band from their contemporaries. Though in all truth, at this rate they're not going to have many "contemporaries" left, because few others are really doing this kind of thing at the moment.
It's cool, too, because in a lot of cases "post-hardcore" is almost like code for "wimpy" on some level, you know? Admit it, even if it's great, most bands that are deemed "post-hardcore" are tagged as such because their music is "hardcore, but not that hard", right? But this record is still pretty damn hard in many respects, there's just no denying that it's on another level, and I'll be damned if the nature of the good majority of these riffs wouldn't have put this album more at home in the mid-90's alongside Orange 9mm and company (but that's not a comparison, just a point of reference). Oh, and it's also worth noting that these days the band's sounding fuller and more efficient in the production realm as well, and the recording on this outing is indeed another impressive step forward. Slick layout with handwritten lyrics and all that, too. This is just a damn well done album all around, to the point where I'm actually really fuckin' curious to see what's gonna come of it. I was seriously shocked when I first popped this thing in. Great work… I'm impressed.
If you dig the tracks please support the band and the label by buying the CD for yourself: