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Full Blown Chaos Within The Grasp Of Titans

01. Trials Of Triumph 02. Chopping Block 03. Burning Age 04. Solemn Promise 05. Rise & Fight 06. Anchored Heart 07. Suffer In Silence 08. Life Of Sorrow 09. Hollowed 10. Vendetta 11. Against The Grain 12. Kingdom Undone 13. The Voorhees Complex
2006 Abacus Recordings
Our score 6


Enough bands have tried following in Hatebreed's footsteps to finally warrant a blockade to deter the practice from continuing. While certain old-schoolers in their late thirties like ex-Forced Reality and recent but now ex-100 Demons vocalist Pete Morcey returned to the scene following years of inactivity (after all, two-to-three minute chugs followed by churning breakdowns are a highly addictive and testosterone-awakening form of modern hardcore), many of the hardcore kids who grew up alongside the style in the nineties have grown tired of it. But New York's Full Blown Chaos ignore that pattern with the release of their sophomore full-length, Within The Grasp Of Titans, delivering another dose of primitive, down-tuned hardcore with great crossover potential. Unlike Bury Your Dead, whose newest album is an attempt to cash in on the clean nu-mosh trend, Full Blown Chaos remain rough enough around the edges to retain some hardcore credibility and a genuine sound. For the most part, Full Blown Chaos do the style justice even though they're ten years behind the eight-ball. Having ironically started as more of a NYHC band with their self-titled and Prophet Of Hostility EPs, it was the blatant metal influences and crushing Zeuss production on 2004's Wake The Demons that really got the ball rolling for them. So much so, that they've been touring nearly non-stop since its release with bands ranging from Sepultura and God Forbid to smaller hardcore bills. They've also just wrapped up a summer-long lockdown of the second stage at Ozzfest, and I can just guess how well "Rise & Fight" from the new album went over with the young crowd, with simple gang chants of "Rise! Fight!" spread generously throughout the song. But their sophomore full-length and Abacus Recordings debut still found a way to get written and recorded, and in that sense I get the impression that the process was rushed; for a band looking to gain prominence in an unrelentingly competitive popular metal scene while remaining on tour, rushing their new album had to have been a necessary evil. The songwriting isn't as developed as on Wake The Demons, and the ideas are not as commanding. The album starts off heavy, as expected, but largely average with the tracks "Trials Of Triumph," "Chopping Block," and "Burning Age" blowing by without too much notice. Ironically on their most accessible song to date, "Solemn Promise," the album finally starts firing on more pistons than it started on. Six songs in and "Anchored Heart" is the first track to exhibit the basic yet complete songwriting and mean riffs that made Wake The Demons so immediately satisfying, while "Kingdom Undone" (buried at the end of the album, no less) is the first to provide some of the European-tinged melody that crept in nicely on certain songs from Wake The Demons. With songs like "Vendetta," "Against The Grain," and "The Voorhees Complex," the band is just throwing thrash hail marys that couldn't have taken long to write. But all this nitpicking comes from a longtime fan, so chances are the album will serve its purpose and get kids moshing because there isn't much time to analyze riffs on the dance floor. Bottom Line: As the tough guy style has grown in popularity, many who were introduced to the scene on a steady diet of east coast mosh (before it became m0sh) since moved on to the eighties hardcore revival (or death metal, in my unfortunate case), complete with the habits of unearthing old bands from their graves for reunions, studying the sound for reproduction, and nailing down the fashion queues of the era. So as 3rd generation tough guy bands like Sworn Enemy, Full Blown Chaos and Bury Your Dead make sizeable gains in popularity, it's mostly tough n00bz fueling the phenomenon. Let's not forget that n00bz are essential for any scene to survive, both for its numbers and for being the official scapegoats of said scene. But for someone who isn't trapped in one side of the scene or another and likes heavy music with a groove, then well-done tough guy mosh like Full Blown Chaos can still be enjoyable.


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littlemac_ 11/4/2006 12:06:29 PM


anonymous 11/4/2006 12:25:25 PM


antihero_ 11/4/2006 1:01:04 PM

Totally agree with the review but using "n00bz" in a review doesn't do much for it's credibility.

anonymous 11/4/2006 1:08:27 PM

yeah it makes you sound like a f*cking idiot

Metalheads unite_ 11/4/2006 1:34:39 PM

ive come to a conclusion.. that hardcore kids are a bunch of gays that dance like retards..... LONG LIVE METAL!!

Logical_person_ 11/4/2006 1:43:36 PM


it's going down_ 11/4/2006 1:49:42 PM

*laughs at the two gayg0ts above*

james_ 11/4/2006 2:04:45 PM

gluck why do you always have to establish that you are OG hardcore? we f*cking get it dude, you've been around a while. stop sounding so goddamn condescending.

xnvb_ 11/4/2006 2:08:09 PM

no possible way in hell this deserves the same score as the misery signals record just reviewed. gay.

xnvb_ 11/4/2006 2:09:28 PM

oh, and when writing a review, regardless of where it's being posted, i'm pretty sure a level of professionalism should be maintained if you ever want to get anywhere. using internet lingo makes you seem like a f*cking idiot.

Destroyerofpoon_ 11/4/2006 2:58:13 PM

*Agrees with gay0tts above

anonymous 11/4/2006 3:56:17 PM

this review sucks, im not too much of a fan of full blown chaos, but this is just a poorly written review, it was more of a venting about the scene and people then about the band. i do have to add though that this band puts on a pretty kick ass live show.

blahblahblah_ 11/4/2006 4:24:37 PM

i love fbc, wtgot pales in comparison to the wake the demons and the ep's but still i dig it. and they do put on a fierce f*cking show.

wizardsbeard_ 11/4/2006 7:32:08 PM

Say what you will about the rest of the review, but the term "n00bz" is used here with blatant irony.

gluck _ 11/4/2006 8:49:04 PM

"steady diet of east coast mosh (before it became m0sh)"........... such blatant dong huffery....0__o

anonymous 11/5/2006 1:02:27 AM

What does the conclusion portion of this have to do with this review at all? And why does this guy always talk about the singers of 100 demons in all his reviews?

zach_ 11/5/2006 2:13:09 AM

ha, i clicked on this hoping to get a review not a rant about the current status of the scene which almost everyone is aware of.

tgagsd_ 11/5/2006 5:24:07 AM

no care about band, but terrible f*cking review

JimmyChrist_ 11/5/2006 5:53:32 AM

"I saw it all the first time round, wah wah wah"



deez_nutz_ 11/5/2006 6:37:08 PM

shit review, great band, album is 8/10

ckk_ 11/5/2006 7:21:22 PM

Its become more and more evident that you people read Gluck's reviews for the sole purpose of trying to find any minute flaw by which to judge Gluck and his reviews. Wah wah wah yourselves. Get the f*ck over it already!! He is a better writer than you are, and that is just something you people will have to come to terms with. And lets get this straight, it DOES NOT make you seem cool for doing so, and reviewing reviews is just pointless, lame, and juvenile(contrary to popular belief).

xcorruptx_ 11/5/2006 7:23:58 PM

Ironically on their most accessible song to date, "Solemn Promise," the album finally starts firing on more pistons than it started on. Oh yeah, really good writing right there. C'mon, doesnt anyone edit these things??

joehardcore_ 11/5/2006 8:58:58 PM

use of the words noobz and m0sh ruined this review. tough guy hardcore is dead. get over it. bury your dead and full blown chaos are the soundtrack for misplaced aggressions by the candyasses of the middle class who want to act like bad ass but come home to the comfort of his 3 car garage towne house.

snails_ 11/5/2006 9:51:12 PM

more like Full Blown Gayos

anonymous 11/6/2006 8:47:23 AM

i agree with metalheads unite... hardcore kids should all get together in some sort of cult and commit mass suicide... gays

CuntSnot_ 11/6/2006 9:10:44 AM

shit band... 0/10... giving fat people a bad name(or a worse one...)

hahaha_ 11/6/2006 10:35:29 AM

lol@ metalheads unite making 3 posts agreeing with himself. What a complete and utter gay.

panzram_ 11/6/2006 12:49:36 PM

what is a fashion queue?

metalheads unite_ 11/6/2006 4:11:28 PM

im pretty sure i didnt make 3 comments agree with myself ud have to be a f*cking retard to do that.. why dont u go kill yourself and rid the world of your gayry

metalheard unite_ 11/6/2006 4:12:42 PM

im pretty sure its that other ppl just agree that hardcore kids should die .. its obvious

O RLY?_ 11/6/2006 4:30:16 PM


anonymous 11/6/2006 6:17:36 PM

sorry buddy i borrowed that helmet from u

anonymous 11/6/2006 7:46:52 PM

hahaha og hardcore, gluck dresses like a f*cking goth if only you could see him in real life like i have

Saddam Husein_ 11/6/2006 8:45:58 PM


mister blister_ 11/8/2006 11:34:52 AM

You f*ckers who examine hardcore in its current incarnation while ignoring history and context are idiots. Besides, I'm quite positive that you stupid f*cks who hate on hardcore and hardcore fans probably think that youre hearing hardcore when in all a actuality it is typical gay textbook "metalcore" and its toolbag fans.

Desktop_ 11/8/2006 11:40:56 AM

^^Seriously man, and if people like "metalheads unite" really think that typical metalheads are any better than typical hardcore kids, then thats just f*cking pathetic. All in all, these ignorant "metalheads" should try listening to bands like Cro-Mags, Chain of Strength, Floorpunch, H20, Turmoil, In My Eyes, Trial, or Carry On to see what REAL hardcore is about. Stupid f*cks.

Goth Relics LTD_ 11/8/2006 1:36:41 PM

Mr. Gluck, your knee-high army boots and custom horsehide trenchcoat have just arrived from the manufacturer in Romania, please come pick up your order. Sincerely Yours, DeAth heRseLF

anonymous 11/8/2006 11:35:12 PM

f*ck hardcore kids.... not hardcore music

Mister Blister_ 11/9/2006 4:55:46 AM

^ f*ck yea I'll drink to that...

crab tree_ 11/15/2006 6:45:35 PM

The "Bottom Line" of this review told me NOTHING. In fact it didn't even make sense. Only people who are not "n00bz" or 34 years old can enjoy this record? Is that seriously what that shit said?

vdfgdsaf!gfdgsd_ 1/26/2007 5:30:41 AM