Truer Living with a Youthful Vengeance

Dynasty is the second of many new artists that are getting signed to Facedown/Strike First Records this year. They fit comfortably into the old school hardcore genre. They have a sound similar to Overcome and Wrench in the Works but without Overcome’s more polished production and style. Without further chit-chat let’s dive into the meat of this album.

The song structure could be described as brutal, fast, and hectic. The whole time I was listening to this album, I couldn’t shake the comparison to The Crucified and if Mark Salomon (Stavesacre and The Crucified) sang hardcore style. The whole time that I was listening to this album, I felt like I was getting dragged through by all the sick breakdowns and crazy fret-board work. The bummer about this album is that it only lasts around 22 minutes with no songs reaching three minutes. So this album definitely starts and ends lighting faster. Another down point about this album is that the songs tend to run together a ton.

If you’re looking for deep lyrics, you’re probably in the wrong place. Like any hardcore band their lyrics are usually in-your-face and quite meaningful, but not deep. This fact most likely isn’t a drawback to many old-school, hardcore fans, though.

There are an uncountable number of hardcore bands out there, which makes it hard or close to impossible for any to stand out. The good thing for Dynasty is that they got in with one of the best labels in metal, and they have an addictive sound. Not all is great with this album. What I mean by this is that the songs run together almost the whole time. Also, this year there have already been great releases by Gideon and Overcome. However, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, making this album worth picking up if you’re a fan of any of the above-mentioned bands.

31/2/5 Stars: Truer Living with a Youthful Vengeance is a great album, but I sadly think this LP will be overlooked unjustly by many fans of the hardcore genre.

Brian Morrissette