One King Down "Bloodlust Revenge" CDPosted on Friday, December 1st, 2006 @ 9:51am » permalink
For whatever reason, lately I've been pondering the fact that 10 years ago there were so many fucking straightedge bands out there (vegan/vegetarian or otherwise) that it was pretty much insane – especially considering the fact that these days there's barely a shred of that whole scene left, especially in the US. That train of thought got me jamming "Bloodlust Revenge", the second EP from Albany, NY's One King Down, which was their first release for Equal Vision Records in 1996. This record shits all over everything else the band did in my opinion, and remains way underrated in terms of the whole 90's straightedge boom. There's just a great balance between ripping metal riffs and energetic bursts of crunchy hardcore, which was typical of the 90's, though on this EP One King Down was damn sure above average in terms of songwriting quality. There's some sick groove to the drumming and pulsing basslines, the vocals were fierce as fuck, and guitar-wise this shit is fuckin' riff city, man!
Musically you can hear elements comparable to west coast acts like Strife and Outspoken in this stuff, but the east coast angle keeps things significantly more metallic than many of the band's contemporaries of the time period, though not necessarily venturing into full-blown metal. Although… there are some guitar solos and acoustic passages, so… who knows!? There's sort of a European lean to it in ways, but the songwriting was much more melodic and inventive, not to mention more energetic, than much of the European metalcore of the day, and that pays off big time – especially given the length of many of the tracks. The only minor setback to this release is the recording, as it's a little thin, so the guitars aren't as powerful as they should've been and shit like that. It's no big deal, because it sounds pretty solid, but, I mean, can you even imagine if this shit had a tonality more akin to Earth Crisis' "Destroy the Machines"? Fuck… we'd be talking complete and total carnage. But regardless of all that it's still 6 tracks, 28 minutes, all gold. "More Hate Than Fear" is a fucking classic, and to this day still makes me want to smash motherfuckers…
Surprisingly enough this one's still cake to get your hands on, and pretty cheap, so pick this shit up and crush: