December 1, 2003
FROM ASHES RISE [I]NIGHTMARES[/I] REVIEW
Joining the likes of label-mates Strike Anywhere, these transplanted Nashvillians are purveyors of a dark and heinous brand of buzz saw metallic hardcore. It's angry, intense and political as hell, just the way a good punk rock record is supposed to be. The full-frontal dual vocal/guitar assault of Brad Boatsright and John Wilkerson is anchored by blistering backbeats of Billy Davis and Dave Atchison. While containing all the requisite elements, this is not by-the-numbers hardcore. Like English punk rock gods Conflict, From Ashes Rise incorporate mood and atmosphere and even the odd piano fill to break the monotony of the 240 BPS pounding that far too many bands think are all that's needed to be considered punk.
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