02 December 2009

DOWNLOAD: The Warriors - Unreleased

Originally named Death Before Drunkenness, this Morgantown-based hardcore punk band (that had only one straight-edge member) changed identity after inspiration from the cult movie. Existing for only a short time around 2000 to 2001, The Warriors (not the less interesting band of the same name from California) was formed by a group of friends so they could play music and get some shit off their chest.

Influenced by the likes of Cro-Mags, Black Flag and early Sick of It All, the music was fast and aggressive, the vocals guttural and angry, but the lyrics were different from most bands of the same style. The lyrics were smart but cynical - an often humorous but serious critique of pop culture, the hardcore scene, class exploitation, relationships and more.

These nine songs from the band's unreleased album that was recorded soon before they disbanded (which all too often happens), show us what is wrong and right in hardcore - now just a genre associated with upper-middle class tough guys singing about pain and suffering and encouraging a culture of violence. The Warriors remind us what hardcore was before it got so boring.

Artist: The Warriors.
Album: Unreleased.
Year: 2001
For Fans Of: Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Sick of It All

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