Throwdown
Haymaker


3.0
good

Review

by Darkvoid67 USER (32 Reviews)
November 25th, 2010 | 20 replies | 7,872 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Groovy hardcore with one or two memorable moments to boot

Throwdown are essentially your classic hardcore band-breakdowns galore, lots of angry ranting about doing things for yourself, with no ***t getting in your way and some pretty catchy riffs as well. Ask any Throwdown fan about the bands discography and this will probably be at the top of their list, for it just about manages to rear its ugly head above similar acts and while it does not carve any distinct path of its own, it just about manages to hold itself together to require a second listen.

The album essentially draws its lifeblood from Pantera’s “Far beyond Driven” and “The Great Southern Trendkill” which means lyrically, it’s no diamond in the rough. Splattered all over the place is your usual hardcore fodder;
“I know a thing or two about you,
Your bull*** attitude.
You’re ***ing weak and lemme tell you it shows right through.
You don’t know *** about me or my friends,
What they are what I am.
So cut the *** and try not to pretend.
You’re scared of who and what we are and so you question yourself,
But your pride won’t let you show your fear to anyone else.”
If you take the album lyrically, then yes you are left with very little. However, instrumentally and performance wise, it’s actually rather good. It presses all the essential buttons needed for the genre to be successful, and one or two nice inclusions of a distorted guitar there and good drum fill here mean it even begins to sound rather good. The best track on offer here may not be the lead single, but “You Can’t Kill Integrity” is the heaviest offering with plenty of angst, spit and bile packed in behind some great, thrash guitar work and occasional blastbeats from drummer Jarrod Alexander. It is also the longest offering on the disk, and builds into a fist-punching anthem with singer Dave Peters screaming “That’s all there’s left to say!”

Unfortunately, the band purposely seems to force their frontman to become the main focus of the album, which turns out to be a more miss than hit affair. Yes, its classic hardcore. Yes, it’s full of rage for anyone who puts a toe out of line. But is this really any good anymore in 2010? Not really. It was written when the genre was at its peak in popularity, which meant it slipped nicely into the pack to be dished out to angry teenagers lapping up music that crammed all of their inner thoughts into one, concise package. Some of it sounds too overworked, too lame to be even taken half seriously. One song in particular, “Slip” should have been called “***ing Hostile” part II as it takes a great song by the band who appears to be the biggest influence for this group of musicians, reworks it into something worse and more repetitive, and hands it out on the album. Plus, the best moments on the album seem to be short-lived, as within 40 minutes (take away the huge 15 minute-odd interlude of “Raise your Fist”) it ends. And the worst parts, such as the dreadful gang vocals that litter the second half of the disk like acne on its audience’s face, are just a bit too frequent to make it fully enjoyable.

Nonetheless, to say that “Haymaker” is a bad album would be wholly unfair. Yes, it has a far superior first half and it does indeed focus too much of the stereotype, but does not leave you with a bitter taste. Indeed, one or two moments will have you coming back for more, which is more than respectful in a genre that is huffing and puffing more and more with each passing year.

Recommended Tracks:

1. Walk Away
2. You Can’t Kill Integrity
3. Hopeless
4. Raise Your Fist



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2010



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You Can't Kill Integrity is such a fucking badass song

Darkvoid67
November 25th 2010



383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was surprised by this. I usually view this genre with distaste, but this just about won me over. Plus, I wanted to be the first to review this

Darkvoid67
November 25th 2010



383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^^agreed. Its part of the reason why I like this disk as much as I do

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2010



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i used to love these guys around the time this came out, i still have my hoodie with the Haymaker font. they used to put on a hell of a show for a tough guy band. tbh i've probably seen Throwdown live more than any other band.

Hep Kat
November 25th 2010



15339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is a good get pumped album. not much else.

Digging: Botany Boyz - Forever Botany

Thor
November 25th 2010



10183 Comments


WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

STRAIGHT FUCKING EDGE

cvlts
November 25th 2010



8954 Comments


lol throwdown [2]

Deathcar
November 26th 2010



1534 Comments


Most bro band ever?

Apollo
November 26th 2010



10288 Comments


good review for a very bad band

XDisasterX
January 11th 2011



21 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

some of the songs on this album sound like pantera rip offs

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2011



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

every song they've ever made sounds like a pantera rip off


Hep Kat
January 11th 2011



15339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

obnoxious edge

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2011



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Spec
January 11th 2011



27135 Comments


One or two memorable moments.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

HeadbangMastermind93
May 22nd 2011



624 Comments


Forever is the best song ever for getting pumped to go to the gym or take a run or something.

Emim
May 22nd 2011



26611 Comments


NEVER BACK DOWN


NEVER BACK DOWN

Lolgical
July 18th 2011



48 Comments


I can't disagree with the sentiments here, but man, this was my jam back in the day.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2012



17204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FOR MYSELF FOR MY FRIENDS FOR MY FAMILY FOREVER ILL TAKE THIS TO THE BITTER END

Emim
January 14th 2012



26611 Comments


brofist to the max

Asmodeuss1990
April 18th 2013



185 Comments


Honestly I think the ratings should be a LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTLE bit higher. Maybe on the fact that this album helped pave way for some of the modern straight edge/DIY type hardcore bands.





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