Friday, February 16, 2007

Lion of Judah - Universal Peace (2006)

Lion of Judah are another DC area hardcore band. Except they actually exist in a current sense. This is a pretty exciting record that makes the most of old hardcore greats and creates a totally fresh take on the word Old School Hardcore.

Pretty much every ingredient is in the mix here. Fast punk blasts and angry breakdowns, crew sing alongs, guitar shredding and sung screamed vocal delivery. They sound like everybody from Bad Brains, to Minor Threat, Rites of Spring and Dag Nasty, to Swiz and Gorilla Biscuits, and even Sick of it All and the Cro-Mags at times. This approach comes off seemless and delivers on every angle, into every breakdown and every stagedive.

The obvious positive youth crew styled lyrics can only serve as basic reminders of being aware of your surroundings everyday, both physically and emotionally. Hardcore needs this kind of positivity to remind people of why it was so relevant in the first place.


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