About a week or so ago, I posted a feature looking at straight-edge hardcore label Commitment Records and their UK offshoot Commitment Records UK.
One of their latest release has been this three way split between Manchester's xCurraheex, Florida's Truth Inside and xUnforcex from the Philippines. The 7" artwork is made up of a different cover for each band, as you can see above. Here's my review.
1. The Fight Goes On
2. Got Your Back
3. I Opened my Eyes
4. Time to React
5. Try Harder
7. Take A Stand and Rise Against
8. Refusing To Live By Your Lies
The first four songs on the 7" are from xCurraheex. The Fight Goes On is a great slab of English straightedge and a rallying call for hardcore fans everywhere. Got Your Back is a faster song, with great semi-melodic riffs. The great thing about xCurraheex is that the lyrics are always audible, which means you can shout along properly!
I opened My Eyes is a quick blast of hardcore with a great positive message and Time To React hits hard with cracking drumming and hard-edge riffing. This is what made me start repping xCurraheex. They don't mess around and don't fill their music with unnecessary textures or layers. They are straight to the point and because of that they have more impact.
Truth inside come next with their two tracks, and a sound with plenty of Florida style. Again the vocals are audible and the music is clear. Try Harder is a minute and a half of American straightedge at it's best. Hospitality is along the same lines, with cool gang vocals and lyrics that talk about the scene in a positive way and talk about unity, which is the whole point of this split.
It's left to xUnforcex to close out this split and I'm pretty excited to hear these guys, as I've not heard of them before. Take A stand And Rise Against is my first introduction into xUnforcex and what a song. It carries a strong anti-drug message as well, which I agree with and respect. Refusing To Live By Your Lies features more hard-hitting riffs to start with. The lyrics sing of a better life. It's a great song to end on, with melodic guitars and a hefty breakdown section.
You can listen to the respective tracks from all three bands on their bandcamp pages below:-
xCurraheex - http://xcurraheex.bandcamp.com/album/xcurrahaeex-truth-inside-xunforcex-split-7
Truth Inside - http://truthinside.bandcamp.com/
xUnforcex - http://xunforcex.bandcamp.com/album/one-common-goal-in-sight-xcurraheex-truth-inside-xunforcex-7-out-now
You can purchase a copy of this 7" from the below stores:-
You can also pick it from Truth Inside's BigCartel store, but it's down for maintenance currently.