Reign Supreme
American Violence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
May 13th, 2010 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Twelve minutes of pure 'American Violence'

Sometimes intensity is all you need in an album and Phillie hardcore band Reign Supreme has it in spades. Always in your face, never giving a listener respite, and constantly pummeling speakers with riff after riff, Reign Supreme plays a tried and true method of hardcore reminiscent of older Blacklisted and Have Heart. In 2008, Reign Supreme released a left handed haymaker in the form of the EP American Violence and it is without a doubt a must get for the genre. In nearly twelve minutes, Reign Supreme establish themselves as one of the heaviest and heartfelt bands in modern hardcore.

Most listeners will be instantly put off by the song lengths found in American Violence, not one song clocks in over three minutes and the shortest track is merely thirty seconds long- but this can be found acceptable as it helps trim the fat that any normal hardcore release could falter under. Every song on American Violence, from the ominous ‘Intro’ track to the final track ‘Faithless’, carries itself perfectly along with the rest of the album; six direct punches right to the listeners grill. ‘To A Dead God’ is arguably one of the highlights, not only on American Violence, but also in the hardcore genre as a whole; its driving opening bass line, its well crafted riffs, plus some of the greatest vocals found in hardcore.

Lets face it, some bands out there are just laughable in their attempt to come off as the ‘heaviest band in music’, but some can do it without even trying. Reign Supreme makes hardcore seem like a walk in the park, they don’t do much in terms of dissonance or technicality, but they put so much energy into their music that it’s hard to ignore. While this album won’t sonically obliterate you (I can direct you to Coalesces ‘Functioning On Impatience’ for that) it is more in tune to a heavy beat down, with a crow bar. Far from masterpiece of the genre, this is without a doubt a must get for those who would list Blacklisted or Verse as genre favorites.



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cvlts
May 13th 2010


8985 Comments


I'm probably giving this album a lil to much hyperbolic praise, jus fyi.

short review but hey! its only 12 minutes long, get off.

happy 20th, Dante.

Relinquished
May 13th 2010


26000 Comments


haha yeah this rules

short review aren't bad I mean look at some of adam's stuff

Slum
May 13th 2010


2579 Comments


20 reviews, nice! Couple things in here though, just if you're interested

1st paragraph - "most heaviest" Put just heaviest or most heavy.

2nd Paragraph - "not one song clocks in over three minutes and the shortest track is merely thirty seconds long. But this can be found acceptable as it helps trim the fat that any normal hardcore release could falter under." the period between long and but can be replaced with a - if you want.

Otherwise, pretty solid review dude!



cvlts
May 13th 2010


8985 Comments


aight, fix'd. thnx!

yeah, im not against the short review but its just not how i would personally approach writing a review, so i find it frustrating to write a review this short honestly.

Ire
May 13th 2010


41828 Comments


THIS
LIFE
IS
GENOCIDE

nice review, i've been meaning to check this out.

Smoochy
May 13th 2010


41 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band is so good, as is the album.

Good review.

cvlts
May 13th 2010


8985 Comments


man ive been year 3 years, dont act like you dont know the name! lol

and ire, worse that could happen is a wasted 12 minutes (not too bad lol)

ConsiderPhlebas
May 13th 2010


6157 Comments


I like this record but found their full length a bit of a let down. Great live, though.


Brisk review, man - I like it.

cvlts
May 13th 2010


8985 Comments


thanx dude, yeah there full length was good but this is definately better imo. i'd kill to see these guys live



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