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Soldiers End of Days


01. Even Worse 02. Sever Ties 03. The Reclamation 04. Decide and Conquer 05. Choosing Revenge 06. Relentless 07. Bound by Defiance (T$S) 08. Damage is Done 09. Nothing More, Nothing Less 10. Own Up! 11. Since Day One 12. Smoke and Mirrors
2007 Trustkill Records
Our score 5

by Nick
12/18/2007

Ahh, yes. Trustkill: everyone's favorite has-been of a hardcore record label. Sure, a number of Trustkill releases were extremely influential in years past, but it seems like the Trustkill of current times is more focused on winning the let's-see-who-can-sign-the-least-impressive-band competition with the guys over at Ferret. Bedlight for Blue Eyes vs. Heavy Heavy Low Low Fightstar vs. Gwen Stacy What about Memphis May Fire vs. Foxy Shazam Each one of those is far too close to call, but it all adds up to a lot of head-shaking at two labels who once played an integral part in the hardcore and metal scenes. And it also makes this Soldiers record all the more interesting, as it turns out that Trustkill hasn't completely abandoned picking up new hardcore acts. Sporting two current members of This is Hell, Soldiers play an extremely straightforward brand of tough guy hardcore, mixing the sound of labelmates Terror with Madball. A few comparisons could be made to This is Hell, but the majority of End of Days shies away from most things melodic and focuses on heavy grooves, blatantly obvious breakdowns and crew-friendly lyrics. "Even Worse" begins with up-tempo drumming and a huge dose of drop-d riffing, managing to resemble a slightly less fierce Blacklisted at points."Relentless" takes a gritty bass groove and turns the track into a hardcore anthem around lyrics like, "Talk is cheap / False threats don't mean a thing / Your fucking judgments don't mean shit to me." They're playing with a tired hardcore recipe that has been done countless times, yet Soldiers manage to make it decently memorable. It's unapologetically straightforward, conventional, and crowd-friendly, but hey, that's the point. I can respect that. But naturally, records looking to replicate a certain existing style can be a bit of a boring listening experience. End of Days is great in small chunks, as its indulgence in everything hardcore will be sure to appeal to fans of the tough guy subgenre, but twelve tracks of it might be a little much to swallow all at once. And then there's the rap track that was snuck into the end of "Smoke and Mirrors" that isn't really helping much, either. This is simply a niche record, one that will mainly appeal to fans of heavy, predictable hardcore who love the chugs, the half-times, and the group vocals of the genre. It's admirable to really nail down a certain musical formula, but most are just not going to get that excited about it. Bottom Line: Trustkill has shown that they're still interested in putting out a hardcore record once in a while with Soldiers' End of Days, an album that does a nice job of hitting all the main elements of an enjoyable tough guy hardcore record. Unfortunately, listeners will likely realize that they've heard this record ten times over, leaving only the die-hard fans of the genre to get into this one. Not bad, but not great.

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chaosweaver_ 12/18/2007 7:50:25 PM

first poop


_atab_joey_bishop__ 12/18/2007 8:04:01 PM

SECOND, trustkill is gay


Josh Grabelle_ 12/18/2007 8:31:34 PM

You gays don't even know what hardcore is. This is the most influencial hardcore record to be released in the last 10 years. These guys, StoneRider and Fight Paris are by far my favorite bands right now and should be yours too.


Josh Grabelle_ 12/18/2007 8:32:23 PM

I take that back. What the f*ck was I thinking signing StoneRider? What a f*cking douchebag I am


anonymous 12/18/2007 8:33:03 PM

it's alright Josh you're not alone, there are tons of gays out there


some guy_ 12/18/2007 8:42:01 PM

this album is really quite boring


Hulk_Hogan12_ 12/18/2007 9:06:49 PM

this record makes me wanna fight people. i like it alot. and way to finally get around to reviewing it considdering it came it in october.


anonymous 12/18/2007 10:07:03 PM

gimmick comments


anonymous 12/18/2007 11:03:49 PM

scores is perfect, it's an average record made for a certian crowd.


Kanye West_ 12/18/2007 11:33:30 PM

George bush does not care about soldiers


anonymous 12/19/2007 12:21:04 AM

lolz @ kanye.


justin_ 12/19/2007 3:49:05 AM

it's hard to swallow that trustkill once put out records by endeavor, racetraitor/burn it down, harvest, disembodied, and shai hulud. metalcore will be replaced as the "hip shit" in 4 years tops! as diy hardcore/punk rock continues to flurish at bastufft shows. f*ck all of you.


EVAN_ 12/19/2007 8:02:39 AM

was this a review of the album or the trustkill record label?


Carl Severson_ 12/19/2007 11:32:53 AM

I can't believe I missed signing these guys!


some guy in this band_ 12/19/2007 5:18:10 PM

Your f*cking reviews don't mean shit to me.


Action_Bastard_ 12/20/2007 9:50:41 AM

Rick's a really good dude, sucks that this record is sub par.


swampthang_ 12/20/2007 9:39:16 PM

this one dude on a review site said they sound like Earth Crisis. what a gay this band blows. f*ckin who cares if they got members of that boring ass boner band this is hell. eh trustkill sux.


anonymous 12/20/2007 9:58:14 PM

fightstar are one of the only good signings this label has made in the last few years, replace that with city sleeps or the countless other bullshit.


Damien_ 12/22/2007 2:30:31 PM

I love how professional Trustkill is when defending their bands. Holy shit, grow the f*ck up.