Liferuiner
Sons of Straight Edge


3.0
good

Review

by Mackinlay McBride USER (7 Reviews)
December 13th, 2012 | 14 replies | 2,481 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stop the press; Liferuiner have matured.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Liferuiner were originally formed as a straight-edge hardcore band under the slightly different moniker of xLIFERUINERx. They stood out and made fun of the more mainstream straight-edge bands by writing lyrics about death and hate, rather than preaching their lifestyle. xLIFERUINERx released two albums, No Saints, and Taking Back The Night Life, both to little acclaim. They returned in 2011 under the altered name of Liferuiner and a completely new line-up, with only original vocalist Jonny O’Callaghan remaining.

After two unimpressive and immature albums, it seems that Liferuiner have realised that they needed to trim the fat, so they have brought forth an EP with genuinely emotional lyrics and quite a bit of melody. While Kids Wanna Rock is just a generic, chugging hardcore song, it does get better. The title track, S.O.S.E is rather brilliant, with its heartfelt lyrics and nice melody that helps the song to stick in your head,something that many modern hardcore bands seem to struggle with. Up next is a cover of The Beatles’ Revolution, which somehow makes an okay hardcore song. They have made the song their own, but in doing this, the cover doesn't really stand out at all. The final song is 1990, which is probably the most experimental song in Liferuiner’s catalogue. Opening again with more chugging and melody, the song totally switches around at 3.25 to a rather lovely, slow and soft section which gets gradually heavier until the instruments stop, leaving just the vocals to end the song. A good way to end a good EP.

While this EP is nothing groundbreaking, groundbreaking is not what Liferuiner set out to do. They have already upped their game in every single way, from more mature lyrics to a lot more melody into their music that has made for a relatively catchy and very fun listen. The chugging is still there, and it always will be, but it is utilised in a more tasteful manner and complements the actual songs better than before, however, a little less repetitiveness next time would be very welcome. With this EP, Liferuiner sound totally and utterly revitalised. It is an unexpected comeback that should be welcomed with open arms by any hardcore listener.Now, let's see where they go from here with a new full length due out in 2013.

Highlights: S.O.S.E, 1990



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Surtur
December 13th 2012



513 Comments


My first review, so I know it's definitely not all that good. Constructive criticism is welcome as I want to continue writing, just at a better standard.

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Tyrael
December 13th 2012



20740 Comments


better than their LP's

Surtur
December 13th 2012



513 Comments


Much better than the LP's, they're both around 1.5-2's for me.

AtomicShane
December 13th 2012



1756 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1990 as a single would have been sweet, but this ep just aint that good. Their lead singer is a really cool guy though from all their youtube videos.

Nikkolae
December 13th 2012



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sounds better than emmure tho

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Winsomniac
December 13th 2012



7955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

1990 is rad.

DotEight
December 13th 2012



5476 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"sounds better than emmure tho"

Almost any band sounds better than Emmure. That's not a very good statement to compare this EP to.

Nikkolae
December 13th 2012



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well since thats the only band i know on the "Similar Bands" thing on LR's page ima stick to that statement.

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 13th 2012



3652 Comments


Ya this was bad

AtomicShane
December 13th 2012



1756 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

idk emmure has a couple of songs that are better then these.

taxidermist
December 13th 2012



7195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Nah.

BillTheButcher
December 13th 2012



289 Comments


clicked this b/c of its album art.

Winsomniac
April 8th 2013



7955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New song out. Actually kind of fucking rules.

Winsomniac
April 8th 2013



7955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah. Kind of bringz the feelz though.



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