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Champion Different Directions


01. Promises Kept 02. 4th of July 03. Decisions Made 04. Different Directions 05. Monument 06. Decline 07. The Truth 08. Time Slips Away 09. A Thank You Note 10. Perspective 11. Assume the Worst 12. Insider 13. Miles To Go 14. 116
2007 Bridge Nine Records
Our score 7

by Cory
6/20/2007

After seven years, one album, two seven inches and a split with Betrayed, Seattle, Washington's premiere hardcore act Champion decided to call it quits. They played their final show May 27th, 2006 to a sold-out crowd who had traveled from all over the world to see this inspirational act one last time. Thanks to the good folks at High Roller Studios, this event was captured in all its glory with six cameras and edited together with footage of fans and interviews with the band. It's an entertaining watch with excellent sound quality that serves as a fitting epitaph on the tombstone of one of the best traditional hardcore acts of the last decade. This release is packaged with both a DVD and a CD, either of which would be a worthwhile purchase for fans of the band. Together, they are an essential addition to Champion's legacy. The CD captures the entire thirty-five minute running time of the band's final set in a professional quality soundboard recording. The band's performance is spot on throughout and vocalist Jim Hesketh does a good job of actually singing the songs instead of allowing the fervent crowd to do all his work for him. The moments of audience participation are also well-defined and audible. Overall, this is one of the best live recordings of a hardcore act I've ever come across. It's not the kind of live record that would really bring new fans into the fold, but fans certainly won't be disappointed. The DVD portion of the release features the aforementioned audio along with a well-edited and adequately filmed video of the performance. It's obvious that the size of the stage and the capacity crowd put certain limitations on the angles they could get, making the overall quality even more impressive. I could have lived without some of the bits with fans and band members that run in between songs throughout the DVD, but they're limited enough to keep from really interrupting the flow of things. The performance itself has an awful lot of character and energy. Jim Hesketh should be recognized for his devotion to the fans, performing nearly the entire show while bleeding profusely after being inadvertently kicked in the face by a stray mosher. The release is packaged in a CD case rather than a DVD case, something I personally appreciated. Unfortunately, the packaging itself isn't particularly impressive, featuring lots of pictures that I'm sure mean a lot to the band but didn't do much for me. I would've loved some liner notes written by band members or associates or even a bit more information about the band or show itself. It's a small gripe for an otherwise great release. Bottom Line: Fans of Champion will definitely want to pick up this release as a great posthumous addition to their excellent catalog. Newcomers might want to start with their studio work first. This isn't one of those live albums that will change anyone's life, but it's a strong testament to the blood, sweat and tears that these guys gave to bring a positive message to the hardcore community.

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thereapersson_ 6/20/2007 10:22:57 PM

First Post, great review Cory. Didn't bullshit and got straight to the basics of what a review should feature.


Electrickle_ 6/20/2007 11:24:40 PM

What a terrible band. Just too much bro sweat for me.


muscular_pancake_ 6/20/2007 11:28:17 PM

Good Review Good Cd Good DVD Good Band RIP


jca_ 6/20/2007 11:41:43 PM

from the intro I thought I was about to witness a presidential inaugeration and I mean that in the best way


murph_ 6/21/2007 12:10:14 AM

have a soft spot for the style these guys brought. even if you didn't connect with the lyrics, the jams had enough changes to keep it interesting.


TheWood_ 6/21/2007 12:37:57 AM

This show sold out way in advance and I did not get the chance to attend. So I will have to settle for this. And yeah dude, Champion is WAY bro.


Raw_Mike_ 6/21/2007 1:16:21 AM

Great review of a great final release.


xomertax_ 6/21/2007 1:20:38 AM

Great band. Pissed I missed the last show.


anonymous 6/21/2007 1:38:04 AM

This isn't one of those live albums that will change anyone's life, but it's a strong testament to the blood, sweat and tears that these guys gave to bring a positive message to the hardcore community.....f*ck OFF AND DIE CORY


whoa!_ 6/21/2007 2:19:24 AM

The review is basically raving about this album/dvd but it gets a 7?


Nice_ 6/21/2007 7:06:08 AM

The last video it looks like Jim's about to start crying. I'm in a band and damn, to have a last show with as much love from fans as that? How could you not.


arty_mcfarty_ 6/21/2007 10:31:07 AM

good review by cory...........lets make this a "thing" huh?


fuck champion_ 6/21/2007 10:34:12 AM

shit band, overrated, absolute shit. Coming out with a DVD for a band that hasn't even released that much shit...how f*cking pretentious. f*ck them.


yeahyouwould_ 6/21/2007 10:53:41 AM

i need to get his


cuntoxfuck_ 6/21/2007 8:00:53 PM

"The review is basically raving about this album/dvd but it gets a 7?" Ah, yeah, it's a f*cken live album, what did you expect, a 10? Good review Cory.


anonymous 6/22/2007 11:35:12 AM

this band is way overrated.


zz_ 6/23/2007 11:42:53 AM

great band, great review... going to pick it up right now


xmoshx_ 6/24/2007 8:07:31 PM

f*ck straight edge


anonymous 6/25/2007 5:22:30 AM

hardcore is a fraud


badaxe_ 6/26/2007 10:24:26 AM

It's a Bridge Nine band, so who cares?


Baller_ 7/10/2007 9:42:53 AM

Excellent DVD, but way too much straight edge preaching, not that I am against it, but that DVD has way too much.


xSilencio_ 10/9/2007 7:18:19 PM

shitty, boring, overrated band.