"Keepers of the Faith"

By Dr. Abner Mality

It's been a long time since I've had a dose of hardcore as pure as this...too long! The only bunch as NYHC as this is Agnostic Front...maybe Madball. These dudes nail the style perfectly and "Keepers of the Faith" is as in your face as a brass-knuckled fist.

Short, beefy songs full of a crushing guitar sound, basic but catchy riffs and utterly raw, pissed off vocals are what you can expect here. Cliches? Well, we got black and white pics of punks thrashing in the pit, shouted choruses, the F bomb being dropped about every three words...even the typeface on the songtitles is classic NYHC. I wouldn't have it any other way. "Stick Tight", "You're Caught", "The New Blood", "Defiant"...all loud and proud. These guys aren't looking to incorporate emo vocals, electronics or chromatic sweep arpeggios into their tunes because it doesn't need it. It's by the crew, for the crew.

Not much more to say about this album or this band. Take 'em the way they are...or get the fuck out of the way!!!