Scott Peacock - Guitar
Andy Vickery - Drums
Ben Fowers - Guitar
Steve Peacock - Vocals
Scott Wilde - Bass
With so many bands in the straight edge movement it's hard to tell who is in it for good these days. Some are in it for the fans, some were in it for the fans, some were had it in their hearts, and some...well some take the life style known as Straight Edge to the grave. Bands like these are what moved me and eventually gave me the thought to clean my life up and claim edge. Embrace Today is nothing less than one of the most moving, crucial, and passionate bands in the hardcore scene. Boasting a four year reputation, these guys have shot past bands with years and years under their buckles. Positive straight edge has never made me feel so great.
This album put me in awe by the time I was finished with it (11:35). I was just getting into straight edge hardcore and hadn't expected anything like this. The cd opens up with the F.Y.I.E...if you aren't ready you will fall back out of your chair. A progressive intro that breaks in with cries of angst and turmoil. The anger in the song could be defined by lines like "Fuck you I'm edge, I will never let you bring me down! Fuck you I'm edge, I don't owe you a fucking thing!". The next track pop's into your ears without any hesitation, more pounding drums, endless riffs, and intense vocals. That is what this album is, intensity. The guitar work is nothing special, it is generic, but the song construction is what makes it for me. The songs are filled with enough riffs to keep an elephant floored for days. Now this album may not be for everyone, remember what I said about it being generic. If you are looking for something that keeps you guessing and puzzled then keep on looking. But if you are looking for raw backround music to a back alley brawl then look no further, for this will keep you swinging every fist to the last.
Overall FxYxIxE is a top notch album, straight edge or not. This album makes me agree with people who say hardcore doesn't have to stick to it's roots. Before you go out and buy this album remember what I said about the complexity...or lack thereof. It's a fairly cheap cd being that it is an EP.
[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]I'd have to agree with Bigsby on this one. Having not only a song but an entire album called "Fuck You I'm Edge" is extremely lame. The equivalent of Placebo having an album called "Fuck You I'm Gay".[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=The JoZ]Combine the nu-metal cliche + an arrogant lifestyle = SxE Hardcore.[/QUOTE]Ever heard Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Champion, Minor Threat, Carry On, Stay Gold, etc? Oh right, I forgot about your generalization habits.
[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]Minor Threat I can understand. Basing an entire genre of music off of a stupid life choice is something else. Calling Minor Threat "straight edge music" is just a bit dumb.
It just doesn't have any place in the style of music. Like I said, it's like calling Placebo "gay indie".[/QUOTE]I added "straight edge" in so you could get a better idea. If I wouldn't have added that in the genre discription I would have had some little bitch whining about that.