Thursday, July 24, 2008

Worlds Collide - All Hope Abandon

So I got this in the mail the other day. Quickest delivery ever. Serious. It came from Florida from some third party Amazon seller. I ordered it last Monday and it came that Wednesday. Awesome. Because I was dying, literally gasping for my last breaths, to hear this album. I know, as the story goes, that this wasnt heralded as the awesomeness that Object of Desire promised, but I do remember listening to this in my room, in my car, at school, wherever I could manage a few untouched moments to fill my ears with the fury and anguish of hardcore music... (oh, also the positivity and the unity! It wasnt all anguish and anger! I was a happy kid who loved the emotional displays present in music)

Well, upon popping this in the first song instantly sent waves of nostalgia washing over me. Ritual is an awesome metal song that totally fits within the promises laid forth by the 7". I think there is a definite early Soundgarden feel to the intro riffs. From there it is a pure Megadeth riff. The song is great and is no doubt the highest point on the record. There are tons of great sections, tons of great grooves and rhythms. And that is one of Worlds Collides strong points. Ken was and is, obviously, a good guitar player, lacking no chops and maintaining a decent sound throughout most of his recorded output. And he is really good at keeping things interesting (which I why I should really give Damnation AD another shot). Even Battery had a great amount of riffs for a hardcore band. (Not to leave Graham Land out, but he is not on this release as I think he was playing with Shelter at this point.)

It's no secret that Worlds Collide were less of a hardcore band and more of a metal band (at least in my eyes). This is ever present on All Hope Abandon. She's Drowning is the second song and truly sets the pace for the remainder of the album. More of a mid-paced affair and less appetizing as their strongest cuts, but still an awesome song. Faces is a long one that doesnt really need to be. The version from Pain Is Temporary is much shorter. On this version they tack on an extra 4 minutes of mid paced sludginess that may or may not be your cup of tea. It's good as an album side closer, but in a CD or MP3 format it kind of sags the middle a little. Crusade is another awesome song, but its the least metal and the most grungy, garnering even more Soundgarden references, but then the album closes with Any Worse which is back to the intensity of Ritual and the metal chug that made this band so appealing to begin with.

According to singer Matt Burger, this pained sort of feel is what he intended and is also indicative of the strains on the band members personal relationships (See the Aversion link in the last post and find Matt's comment, consider this a footnote of sorts). You can feel this in a number of places, especially the slower numbers. Overall it is still a good album and I definitely still like it. Though I think Ritual and Any Worse could have made a ridiculously good EP with Object and Absolute. Tell me what you think.

As stated before, all the members have gone on to perform in a variety of other hardcore bands and you should all seek these out if you are just looking for something new, have an intense fascination with where band members go to or are just getting into these bands from this era and are looking for more of the same.

Oh and check these pictures from the liners. ^_^


Blogger proven hollow said...

i really had high hopes for this album back in the day. i was the one on aversion's blog that made the comment about being there during the recording of this album in atlanta. i didnt speak to any of them or have any dealing with them whatsoever, but it looked like a shitty time...haha. whether they were bored, stoned, pissed, drunk, sad, or all of the above, i have no idea. they just didnt look happy. perhaps i "see" that in listening to this record and that makes it a bit blah for me, who knows. maybe if i didnt see them recording it, i would be able to "feel" it more.

regardless they were a ripping fucking band and fan-fucking-tastic live, that is if you aren't inhaling mace and running for your life during their show...haha.

for the record, i never cared for damnation or battery or any of those that came after (fort knox, anyone? uggggh).

i should just start posting about bands i dislike. i could start a new trend! haha.

good times.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone re-up Challenge ¨Give People What They Want In Lethal Doses", thanks in advance

2:42 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Phil, thats a funny story. I wish I could have these posts be more contributional. Some peoples stories are great. Either funny, sad, whatever... Some people were just there when I wasnt. I certainly missed out on a ton of shows back then. Never saw Born Againsts or Native Nod or so many other cool bands. Never saw Max Colby or Shotmaker or even 400 years. I have seen a lot of shows in my day, but I missed even more. My band never got off the ground, and they kicked me out and they changed their name to Junta and played some shows. They didnt so much kick me out as we just stopped playing and then they got another friend to play guitar. They thought I was controlling and I was just trying to get their opinions on songs I was writing instead of cover Waiting Room for the 50th time. or the endless jam sessions that went nowhere. Haha!. All in the past.

I played for a pre-existing band in VT called In Harms Way for a few weeks. They had, possibly the worst rhythm section on the planet. But Hale, the singer/guitarist liked my ideas. I was writing a bunch for them but I quit because the rhythm section was so bad.

Ahhh, those were the days.

2:52 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

@ anon. I dont have that. Dont think I ever posted it either. Someone might have it though. Stick around... toss in your name too. or your handle or whatever... Keep it personal.


2:53 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

listen blend...i know you were here at the beginning, but the guys and i have been talking and we just feel we are moving in a different creative way than you. i mean you are a wicked poster, you have awesome licks and can do jumpkicks like nobody's business and still keep your riffage together, but i'm afraid we are going to have to ask you to not come to practice next time. please hand over your logins and passwords so we can give it to the new guy. he's just younger...cuter... pretty much just pulls in more chicks. sorry dude. if you geta new blog together, maybe we can play a show together. good luck, bro!

damn work is boring today.

3:16 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Best. Comment. Ever.

I am slapping my knee and chortling!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Enrique said...

my actual band just quit, because we were on different pages musically, 6 band practices with just great riffs but not actual songs

3:25 PM  
Blogger Enrique said...

BTW really love your blog, great stuff you have in here, i´ve been busy checking lot of the bands you have here, thanks for the great service

3:29 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Ha, ha that was pretty damn funny. But I'll come to Tim's support and make a backhanded compliment and suggestion all in one:
Take that energy and post on your own blog! Seriously, Proven Hollow was (is?) an awesome blog. I loved every single band that you posted there and all the write-ups. And I still go to your site regularly, just to realize every single time that the last post was from mid 2007.

3:32 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...


Not so subtle either. ^_^ I think PH should post too. He was in the thick of it and has a lot of great stories he could tell. But, as far as I can tell, he is a busy guy. So we can only hope.

Hey, at least we are getting an Inkwell discography out of all his tireless work. (And I hope you designed the cover to, Phil) ^_^

Thanks for the kind words Enrique and thanks for the support Sven!

3:50 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Oh man, upon reading my own comment again it just sounds so pissy (but it sounded so funny in my head...). All I wanted to say, Proven Hollow, great blog; funny comment!!

3:52 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

haha.i wish i had the time to get back into my own damn blog.i havent deleted it yet! so thats a good sign. maybe i'll start digging through the record boxes again this weekend. after i mow the lawn. and walk the dogs. and clean the house. and build a new website. and walk the dogs. and go to lowes. and clean my car out. and get my bike back in order. and walk the dogs. and go to bed bath and beyond.

4:07 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Oh, and was I supposed to say something about the music, too? Better not, huh?
I think the LP is OK and your description of the songs is pretty spot-on, it just can't hold a candle to their earlier stuff. And at the time when it came out this record was a huge disappointment for me.
And since you point out the pictures from the liner notes: I still remember my looking at these and listening to the record the first time and thinking "There is some discrepancy here...the music doesn't groove as hard as the pictures would suggest". And still after all those years that thought pretty much sums up this album for me.
But still, good memories, and for that alone Worlds Collide will probably get a lot of play from me in the near future.

4:14 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

take it from me, band practices are for jerks. my band never practiced instead we thought of good ideas while we were drunk and never did them (like the giant crepe paper heart we were going to build and then run through to start a show,the puppet show performance, the fake blood baptism among others) so when we played it was more real than unicorns and the AIDS. funny thing is, it looks like we will be having a ten year reunion this christmas to show the younger kids, if anything, that no matter how much they think they own the scene, we destroyed it the first time we played.

4:55 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

yeah, ph, I'm going to have to steal your Admiral and Fine Day posts sometime for my Hoover project. If you have anything else in that line in your record box, I'd be extremely grateful.

also, my Crownhate Ruin project (the 'Beat Drop') has had to be cancelled for now due to lack of interest.

keep up the good work!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Enrique said...

check this forum (december 2007)for some hoover and related bands stuff

I'm looking for:
-Haram : Drescher . If you havent checked Haram, here's a link to their S/T album, recommend it for those who love city of caterpillar and the like.
- Milemarker : Anaesthetic
- Challenger whatever you have from them

10:23 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

yeah gabba, you should check out hardcore for nerds. i think you might find some hoover love there. hahaha.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks so much for Worlds Collide. I haven't heard this in years. Ken and I used to write letters back when I worked at an indy record store. He helped keep me sane through retail hell. I finally got to meet him at a Damnation a.d. show in Memphis. Brings back good memories. Thanks for your hard work on this blog too.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haram - Drescher

2:27 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

jaysus - who got burned here? ha

I had a quick look, and I find his insights shallow and predictable...

8:17 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

haha! This was funny. I had to re-read the comments twice to catch up on what was happening...

Gabba, how was your trip?

Enrique, I have Ativin.. maybe here.. I'll check... just the EP though. Interiors is at home.. Yep, i got the EP here... uppin...

Jay, was your band called Sweatband? I remember you saying something about it... My band was called Animosity. real inventive. Though I think it was before the current Animosity... or whatever.. I was in 11th grade.. haha!!

11:41 AM  
Blogger enlinea said...

Great blog you have here, world collide was awesome, i truly miss 90s hardcore shows/scene, the ethics and works of the bands is totally different from now, i wish i could freeze time.

while we´re requesting stuff, does anybody has:
bughummer or supine to sit

11:46 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I dont have either enlinea. But I do agree with your sentiments! I miss that time period so much, for so many reasons. Youthful ambivalence, angst and excitement are near unparalleled by todays standards.

Plus, the internet has just cross pollinated everything to some ridiculous degree and at absurd speed that so many subtleties are either just paved over with new, new, new or passed by because everything moves so quick...

wow, ramble...

here is Ativin - Summing the Approach.

Very Slinty stuff for those who like Slint. This EP is a slow burner. All instrumental...

12:02 PM  
Blogger enlinea said...

Blend77, yeah back in the day it was a joy just to stand in the line to enter to a show, people trading cassettes, fans were more faithfull, now the hardcore scene is full of scenester, that only care about hyping their myspace or indie cred. Plus the coolest place to hang was your local vinyl/record store, i met lots of crazy/interesting. BTW thanks for checking.

12:13 PM  
Blogger enlinea said...

Here´s Interiors by Ativin, (not my up)

12:16 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

yeah we were sweatband, eventually i will get around to posting the only two shows we have recorded. they aren't very good, but either were we. but goddamn was it fun.
my blog is going to be on a short hiatus for awhile as it is, i'm currently working on a presentation for the youth of tulsa. i was asked by the library to expand the horizons of the children by giving them a two hour blast of the history of punk rock and hardcore and how it forever changed the history of music. you know something small. i'm currently working on a timeline of sorts, haven't even made it to the dc and ny bands and its already ridiculously long. i'll be posting it all when it's done, for now just accept my random popping in here and there.

12:18 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

elinea you're a girl after my own heart. i still trade cassette tapes and hang out at the record store even when i'm not working there.

12:21 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Where's the beef?
Where is my NYHC?
Why wasn't Sheer Terror included in the list?

1:14 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Sorry, too excited.
Just wanted to get a head-start!

1:17 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

don't worry nyhc will find its way. and just for you, i'll throw in all the sheer terror factoids i possibly can

1:51 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

patience, I am making a cover right now... it wont be my best, but hopefully it has heart.

Jay, first of all that sounds awesome. You'll have to post something on it when its done... Good show!

And secondly, dying to see Sweatband videos of Jay poppin off! haha!!

Enlinea, I totally feel ya! I dont want to be bitter about it, but I feel bad that people cant experience it like that these days. I mean, some little pockets still exist I am sure, but over all, the whole hardcore scene was a "little pocket" back then. Seeing the same people at shows, traveling real far to see bands play, everything was hear say... it felt hidden from view, and you felt lucky to find it. Now its just all out there... that search is gone. Just point and click.

1:54 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

okay... i am heading home to finish this cover... i got off to a late start today...

check back in a few hours... i almost got the cover done and I want to tighten it up and then make the post...

see ya lata, suckuhs!

2:41 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

here's a link to the current status of the timeline, i'm of course still working and the 2000 has barely been covered (really i feel like i'm maybe, and that's a big maybe, only a quarter through with the actual timeline.), but for now enjoy and if there's anything you think needs to be added feel free to tell me.

2:45 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Oh, no Tim, too cruel.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Blend you're totally right about the pockets. Things in Jersey right now are constant, but really on a small basement level. And in New Brunswick again, a revival. But my issue is I hate NB with a passion and most of the time I just don't have the time to come home from Manhattan to my place in West Orange(Right outside of Newark, about 10 minutes from where the Pipeline used to be) and then go down to New Brunswick for a show. Just not in the cards. But there are a lot of younger kids who seem geniune about being into hardcore and that is a pleasant surprise.

The stuff that went down in Club Deep a few years ago nearly killed whatever scene we had left, and it had to be built back up again, slowly. So hopefully some venues will pop up as well, because they are lacking in Northern NJ as well.

7:27 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

the Elephants demand their NYHC! You wouldn't want to disappoint the elephants now, would you?

2:19 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

@ Jay, I couldnt get into that site. It was requesting a log in. But thanks anyway. Share it when you can. I am sure peeps would be into it.

@ Chris, yes, that is exactly what I mean. I feasibly could make it to more shows (and I do go on occasion) but noticing other that are truly into it is a great thing. What happened at Club Deep? I am unaware..

@ Sven. Hahah!! That is awesome and I am adding it to the post right now. By the time you read this you will already see it. Thanks!

11:28 AM  
Anonymous JNH said...

Thanks for this post! Been searching for this record. I haven't heard it in about 12 years and its still fucking killer. I've never agreed with the people hating on this record (though, I do understand it); All Hope... is a masterpiece.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worlds Collide was the best hardcore band i ever listened to.
What a show in Ohio with Snapcase in 92!

4:14 PM  

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