Reign Supreme
Testing The Limits Of Infinite


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
November 10th, 2009 | 18 replies | 8,696 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whole lotta heart

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

You know those bands that once you listen to them it becomes immediately clear that they mean total and absolute business? Those bands that just grab you by the collar and shout ‘I GOT SOMETHING TO SAY SO LISTEN THE F*CK UP!’? Well ladies and gentlemen; I introduce you to hardcore band Reign Supreme.

Hailing from the great city of Philadelphia, Reign Supreme is a self described ‘metallic hardcore’ band that plays a heavy blend of metalcore with a strong leaning on the hardcore genre. Generally known for their ‘tough guy’ appearance, their music is heavy laden with catchy riffs, gang shout-outs and, as one could guess in this genre, a plethora of breakdowns. While this might seem like a set up for failure and obscurity, what it most surprising about this band is that there really is no mediocrity to be found in this band at all. Completely mean heavy and in-your’s-face aggressive, the band takes hardcore to a new level with crafty song writing, insanely catchy well-placed riffs and an absolute crushing guitar sound even in a relatively higher tuning that most of their counterparts (drop D #). In their new album, Testing the Limits of Infinite, Reign Supreme promised their fans a more melodic and overall better sound than their debut EP American Violence; and have they delivered, yes.

Testing the Limits of Infinite is a testament to every thing that Reign Supreme is. From the beginning of the opening track ‘Mother Superior’ to the closing track of ‘A Ghost in a City’, Reign Supreme constantly barrages the listener with some of the most accessible hardcore in the genre yet still makes the ears bleed to listen to. From buildup to buildup, Reign Supreme knocks one out of the field every time the first note is hit… they never let up, give no respite and show little mercy to the listener. Taking influence from metal giants like Hatebreed and blending it with the punk attitude of bands like Shipwreck AD, Testing the Limits of Infinite showcases a very special blend of punk, hardcore, heavy metal and metalcore all in one disc. The first four tracks of the CD tend to flow seamlessly together, much to the kin of Converges newest release Axe to Fall, they could almost be considered the same song. The tracks ‘And Come What May’, ‘False Prophets’, and ‘Slipping Away’ also tend to blend in well together as well, making for a great and interesting listen throughout.

One of the downfalls of the album as a whole is some of the smaller tracks that tend to blaze right through the album. Tracks like ‘Crushed by the Weight’, ‘In Absentia’, and ‘Failure’ burn hot at first listen but are quickly forgotten after they are played. Also the album as a whole generally lacks in substance and originality. This is not saying that Reign Supreme is merely a copy/paste band, its just saying that when their own band members admit to being ‘a generic hardcore band’ it gets a little hard to take this album seriously in the long run.

But all in all, Reign Supreme has crafted a solid and respectable debut on Jacob Bannons’ label Deathwish. What they promised to improve from the debut American Violence has been made and the melody, intensity and crushing production will put this band in the front of today’s hardcore bands. No one could have asked more from a band like this, it will leave the listener satisfied from top to bottom with this band. While the redundancy in this album can be a little off putting for some, no one can deny that Reign Supreme believe in what they say and what they play and that they put a lot more into each record then most other bands.



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cvlts
November 10th 2009



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

holy sh*t! two reviews in one day????? wow dante.




enjoy!

Relinquished
November 10th 2009



24443 Comments


Yo Dante, great review. I heard this through a friend, but I forgot about it. I'm gonna check it out again but the fact that I see Hatebreed in the recs might throw me off idk.

cvlts
November 10th 2009



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah i dunno, my friend wanted me to play some hatebreed in the car one day so the only thing i had that was even close to it was Reign Supreme... he loved it so i guess its kinda similar... OLDER hatebreed though

BallsToTheWall
November 10th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wrote half a review for this, but decided I used the word bro way too much and deletd it. Awesome job Sailor J. Killer record.

cvlts
November 10th 2009



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lolbro, thanx balls.

BallsToTheWall
November 10th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Going to burn this for all my part time bros on the farm.

cvlts
November 10th 2009



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i put it on mediafire if that means anything???lol

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2009



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's good

cvlts
November 10th 2009



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm glad you approve Chan.

Relinquished
November 10th 2009



24443 Comments


Finished listening. It's good.

cvlts
November 10th 2009



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah hatebreed, right?

Relinquished
November 11th 2009



24443 Comments


yeah whatever ;)

fromtheinside
December 8th 2009



17714 Comments


hell yes

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captaincrunch11
January 13th 2011



1198 Comments


This needs more love

Spec
September 14th 2011



27060 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty awesome so far.

Spec
March 20th 2013



27060 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

New EP any good?

BallsToTheWall
March 20th 2013



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was not aware if a new EP. Good, I need to hear it.

Spec
March 20th 2013



27060 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah. Might as well dl it.



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