Raised Fist
Sound of the Republic


4.5
superb

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
April 21st, 2006 | 21 replies | 10,208 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


"Dedication" by Raised Fist was probably the first Hardcore record ever I bought and that stayed on my playlist for a LONG time. That was back in 2002. I almost forgot about this band over the years though, and was very pleased to hear that a new albums coming around. Now I finally got it, and to be honest: the long wait was well worth it.

"Sound of the Republic" is a great, if not excellent effort by the Swedish Hardcore formation. As usual, the playtime is not that long, but ok with roughly over 37 minutes overall. But all that is compensated by the energy the songs transport. Even after four years on pause, from the first part of the vocals you can be sure: this is Raised Fist. The voice of singer Alle is really a trademark of the band, and so far I have not heard any vocalist I could confuse with this guy. What is a good thing, but also bad at the same time. The screaming and singing was always pretty much the same on all songs. The more I was suprised that there are melodic parts present here. Not on all songs, don't worry. This is not turning into the "KsE-thing" with screamed verse and melodic chorus. The melodic parts (sometimes only kind of spoken) are present on just a few tracks (like "Killing it" or the title track as examples). It's enough though to give an interesting new view on Raised Fist's melodic side. No fear to take a quick trip to other genres either. A bit more straight Rock (Killing It), Metal influenced guitar leads (And then they run) and overall a lot more melodies than previously known by this band.

This is also notable in the guitar work. One of the guitarists lays down the usual hymn like guitar walls you know from "Dedication". The other sets melodic and interesting leads here and there, which is something that this band is not overly known for. Interesting progression, as it adds to the mood of the songs. Sure, the main emotion the songs transport is anger. But through the guitar work more shades and aspects are added: Dissapointment, despair and a little touch of melancholy here and there. The mix of the guitars is very good as well, as almost no details get lost. That was a real problem with some songs on "Dedication".

Overall I get the feeling that this record comes over faster compared to it's precessor. Partly this comes from the drums. I mean, the guy always was insane. About 90% of the time he gives me the picture of Monster from the Muppet Show, just drumming a beat freakin fast. Which is cool and fun to listen to, but it gets kinda repetitive over time. There is not as much variation present here (like little drum solos or similar). Bass? Don't mention it. It's 'rooting', and often barely heard. Same problem here with the mix as many Metalcore bands have today. Sad but true. The rock solid base the drums present give the guitars more place to shine though, which compensates fot the lack of bass and drum variation.

The grammar and setup of the lyrics could be better here and there, some mistakes make me cringe a bit. And I'm not a native speaker... The topics of the songs are nothing groundbreaking new either, criticism of the economy and society, the personal disputes with 'friends' and 'fakes'. Could be worse though, and the lyrics sure are honest. What really is a downer though are some overused elements in the songs. I'm especially thinking of the many breaks that are intending to make you believe the song is over. Just to go on after a second or two. It adds to most of the songs, and works absolutely on the individual songs. Over the length of the record it's a bit too much here and there, as this comes up in a lot of the twele tracks.

Adding all this up: With "Sound of the Republic" Raised Fist present a great 'comeback' after 4 years of vacation. The use of new melodic elements (guitar as well as vocals), solid production and almost neverending energy transported by the tracks makes this a great record. Even with said flaws. Interested in modern Hardcore that still knows where the roots are? This could be for you. If you are looking for a lot of variation in singing and vocal melodies though, you might want to look somewhere else. Either you can arrange yourself with Alles performance, or leave this alone. As the vocals are pretty similar on all tracks, chances are you hate them always if you can't stand em on one track. Otherwise you're in for a great time.

I give this nothing less than 4.5/5. The band stays true to their sound and remain individual, while still progressing with their work. Excellent!

Suggested tracks to check out:

Sound of the Republic
And then they run
Killing it

Be sure to check out some of their new songs over at their MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/raisedfist



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Zesty Mordant
April 21st 2006



1196 Comments


I remember hearing these guys once it was not bad. Might have to check them out some more.
Great review.

dUSK
April 21st 2006



94 Comments


I totally forgot about these guys. I haven't listened to them since High School, which is 2 years ago. They are one of the few Hardcore bands I've ever enjoyed though, so I'll give Dedication a listen tomorrow. If I still enjoy that, I'll pick this up.

Great review, btw. :thumb:

Gnarmageddon
April 21st 2006



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got this album a few days ago, and it's good. Raised Fist rules.

Nice review, Damrod. :thumb:

Unhappy_Dean
April 21st 2006



107 Comments


Good lookin' review.
Are there any songs that stand out from the rest?

Damrod
Moderator
April 22nd 2006



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I must confess, even if I sit in front of the cover for like 5 minutes or longer non-stop to figure out what exactly it is (and I've been there...), I can't. Really weird thing.

Unhappy_Dean: The songs I really like the most are 'Sound of the Republic', 'And then they run' and the opener 'You ignore them all'. Check out their MySpace, they have three songs of their new album plus one of their previous album up there. Gives a very good impression what one can expect from a Raised Fist record

Unhappy_Dean
April 23rd 2006



107 Comments


Alrite, i was just wondering why you gave it a 4.5 when you said the songs all sound the same.

I shall check these guys out, and if the music is half as interesting as the cover art, then were good.

Damrod
Moderator
April 24th 2006



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hm, not really the same, similar, but not the same. Maybe I should state that more clear and edit that in. Some parts sound quite similar, but that's all made up by the energy the songs transport.

feary
April 27th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was also wondering what the coverart was all about. When i stared at the frontcover for a while i say the pattern. It's the singer Alle scratching his back or whatever his doing. The other contoures is from a projector or whatsoever displaying some medieval stuff...

metallicaman8
June 17th 2006



4677 Comments


Review= Superb
Album Art= AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Brain Dead
June 17th 2006



1150 Comments


We're having quite a string of album covers for our featured reviews huh? First, it was Jesus holding a beer bottle. Now this. I hope we feature Pig Destroyer's Terrifyer tomorrow to keep it going.

metallicaman8
June 17th 2006



4677 Comments


YES! I think I figured out wha the album art is. It's a fat person whose also a serial killer bending over and scratching his/her ass. The killers MO is to kill the victim then glue parts of their body to him/herself. Notice the gap at the bottom seperating the two legs. The crack in between the legs for le butt crack. If you look at the top right hand side of it, it looks like a shoulder and you move to the left you can see the elbow, which connects to the hand, which is scratching the enormous bodies buttox/lower back. There's even a line going to the right from where the thumb is that looks like a giant role of fat, confirming that the person is indeed obese. Mystery solved

EDIT: oh and incase you still don't see it, the person is bending over.This Message Edited On 06.17.06

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 17th 2006



3995 Comments


I don't like Raised Fist that much. Don't know why, they've just never stuck.

alexmonty12
June 18th 2006



17 Comments


Saw them supporting Still Remains at Mean Fiddler, great show, great band, great album =]

Sethcanes
February 14th 2008



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This might just possibly be the best live band ever.

ClearTheLane
May 20th 2008



990 Comments


Born with insight and a Raised Fist!

-Rage Against the Machine - Know Your Enemy (1992)


Clash
October 5th 2008



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very impressive and powerful album by one of the best live bands i'v ever seen

Gore
November 14th 2009



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what Clash said, this album is powerful, lyrically and musically. Sunlight has to be my favorite song, although it's so hard to choose

punkrockaddicted
June 26th 2010



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck, this is really good! Much better than Veil of Ignorance.

Gmork89
July 23rd 2010



5479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this so far.

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Spec
April 23rd 2011



27053 Comments


This is actually pretty good.



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