When I heard that Strife was releasing a new album last year, I really didn't give a shit. There was a ton of hype, and it seemed like kids everywhere were losing thier minds over this new record, but I still had zero interest in checking it out. What changed my mind was a review over at SWNK.
"The tuning is all wrong, it sounds like the fucking First Step or something."
"It sounds too much like a straight up hardcore band."
"I’m sure someone out there will try and quote the first xStrifex record flame still burns about now, but we all know it sucked."
Okay...fuck him. My knee jerk reaction was a sudden interest to check out this record.
The album itself is better than I expected, but in the end it is just okay. It does tend to lean more towards One Truth than In This Defiance, but no one is really going to confuse this with the greatness that was The First Step. It isn't terrible, but it also isn't something that I'm going to be reaching for very often. Oh, and the guest vocals from Biohazard, Ill Nino, and Terror is a big bucket of "who gives a fuck".