Embrace Today
FxYxIxE


3.0
good

Review

by shane italian USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Released: 2002 (The Life Recording Co.)

Band:
Scott Peacock - Guitar
Andy Vickery - Drums
Ben Fowers - Guitar
Steve Peacock - Vocals
Scott Wilde - Bass

Backround:
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.
Review:
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.



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3.8
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Let's Chop Cats!
August 18th 2004


142 Comments


This is a great album and these guys put on a great live show. One of the better releases recently from the Hardcore scene.

BuddyBigsby
August 18th 2004


531 Comments


Their singer is a douchebag.

iliketoplaydrums10111
August 18th 2004


128 Comments


I have only heard a few songs of theres, but meh, nothin great, nothin special

Good reivew though

shane italian
September 30th 2004


25 Comments


Say whatttt

SubtleDagger
September 30th 2004


737 Comments


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".

cbmartinez
September 30th 2004


2525 Comments


Nice review. I'll check them out.

Iai
Emeritus
September 30th 2004


3553 Comments


[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]

Haha!!! You just named my new EP.

SubtleDagger
September 30th 2004


737 Comments


Well played.

The JoZ
September 30th 2004


345 Comments


FYIE sounds like a horrible song.

Combine the nu-metal cliche + an arrogant lifestyle = SxE Hardcore.

Cookie no.

shane italian
September 30th 2004


25 Comments


[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.

SubtleDagger
September 30th 2004


737 Comments


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".

The JoZ
September 30th 2004


345 Comments


Subtle's got it right, for once :p

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 30th 2004


2125 Comments


[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]

meh, I haven't too many people say this about christian music. I don't listen to much Hardcore but if they live a "straight edge" lifestyle, wouldn't that be reflected in their lyrical themes?


Oh yeah, nice call on Placebo :thumb:

shane italian
September 30th 2004


25 Comments


[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.

SubtleDagger
October 1st 2004


737 Comments


br3ad: Lyrical themes do not make a band. Christian rock is really a misnomer. Beastie Boys aren't "Buddhist rap". It's just dumb, really.

shane: That's fine, I was just checking.

JoZ: I'm always right, you bastard.

shane italian
October 1st 2004


25 Comments


ur conf00zing

SubtleDagger
October 1st 2004


737 Comments


no u

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 1st 2004


2125 Comments


[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]br3ad: Lyrical themes do not make a band. Christian rock is really a misnomer. Beastie Boys aren't "Buddhist rap". It's just dumb, really.
[/QUOTE]

But shouldn't the lyrics be just as important as the music in genre classification? Afterall, they are what conveys the message of the song.

BuddyBigsby
October 1st 2004


531 Comments


Just think of Gospel.

SubtleDagger
October 1st 2004


737 Comments


No, they shouldn't. Lyrics have nothing to do with a genre. It just has to do with the band. For example, if P.O.D. are "Christian Rock", where does that put them musically?

To be honest, P.O.D. is a nu-metal band, they always have been, because that's what they sound like. That's what matters, not what their lyricist writes about.



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