1. Shots Out 2. Rise To Dignity 3. Showdown 4. For What It's Worth 5. Fanatics 6. End The War 7. No Lust For Life 8. Bad Standing 9. Drinkslinger 10. In The Pit 11. Make My Day 12. Padre Siffredi 13. Game Of The Lame 14. Stressed 15. Agressive Grim Filthy 16. I'm A Rebel
The hardcore is here baby!
Grab your bullhorn and pull up a mosh pit, the hardcore is here baby! Barcode lay down some thunderous rumblings with their fourth album to date, a blistering assault on all fronts. Now geared up with Nuclear Blast, Barcode have the audience that they need, with "Showdown" probably some of the best hardcore I've heard all year. Now is the time for metalcore and all of the mallrats to come out of the woodwork and, thankfully, Barcode isn't one of those bands. Their sound is sincere and old school, two qualities that seem to be missing in most of today's "bands of the month". While they keep up fast paced, quick riffs and punchlines, the band still manage to deliver rock bottom groove slabs within their material, something that I wish more 'core bands would keep in mind. With sixteen massive cuts here, fans of Marauder, Madball, and even D.R.I should find plenty to like here. The band are obviously well "in tune" with their roots, keeping everything here under three minutes, creating furious, rapid spills that beam with energy, enthusiasm, and angst. With excellent production from Tue Madsen (Mnemic, The Haunted, Disbelief) at Jailhouse Studios (Volbeat, Hatesphere), Barcode are given plenty of ammo for the fight.
"Showdown" is a mighty metal assault!
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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