Furious Styles "Life Lessons" CDPosted on Monday, March 12th, 2007 @ 7:34am » permalink
"Life Lessons" is the debut full-length from Seattle's Furious Styles on Hand of Hope Records, and while I've never been fond of some of the real world scenarios that can arise from the "toughguy" mentality, when it comes to bands who deliver this style of brutish metallic hardcore I fuckin' eat it up, and this record delivers said style in the finest form I've encountered in recent months. While its 12 tracks only run a mere 25 minutes, every song's a keeper, and the band definitely has their own sort of sound happening in terms of utilizing some hip-hop influenced vocal arrangements over a rather Madball-esque musical backdrop. They certainly never bring such vocal/lyrical attributes to an E.Town Concrete level or anything like that, though, and many of the vocals are just your standard shouts – so the material should definitely appeal to fans of concise, to the point metallic hardcore based around moderately fast power chords and chugging breakdowns with a great balance of churning metal (not to mention some slick solos) and hardcore energy. The recording took me just a little getting used to for some reason, but I've got no complaints. I think I'd like to hear the basslines become even more prominent given the aesthetics of some of the material (and the fact that some of the playing seems pretty tight), but whatever, you know? Great cover art, too. I don't know, that's pretty much all I can say. I've been looking for some more of this kind of stuff to spin lately and this record totally hits the spot. Great shit.
Damn sure recommended, so buy the fuckin' CD if you dig the tracks, okay? Get to it: