Throwdown’s musical effectiveness strikes me as a bit odd. They sounded original back in 1997, and have since become a face in a crowd with the rise of so-called “mosh metal” with its E-chug focus. Yet all three of their full-lengths have held on, for me, far longer than any of the newer bands’ releases. This one has proved no exception. I consider it to be their current best after having several months to digest it and compare it to their previous two full-lengths. I like the newer, tougher attitude. I like the new vocalist’s voice better – even if he does sound more generic than Keith’s more distinctive scream. The grooviness that showed itself on their previous disc has increased here. Following Hatebreed, Throwdown are making a grab for mainstream recognition, and this is a good record to do it with. Just don’t take it too seriously; this band started out as a tongue-in-cheek group with the single goal of having as much ridiculous fun as possible at every show, and have taken it further than anyone really expected. They seem to be getting more serious now. A good record to get pumped up to or work out to. It’s not the greatest thing ever, but it is a kickboxing, finger-pointing good time.
Throwdown have been the Orange County, California hardcore scene’s flagship band since 1997, grabbing the torch lit by the seminal OC punk bands of the ‘80s and early ‘90s and carrying it to heretofore uncharted heights. Over the years they’ve shared members with Eighteen Visions, Death By Stereo and Bleeding Through, emerging first as a pile-up inciting joke band (yeah, yeah what’s in a name?) but quickly developing into one of the most potent and vital bands in the worldwide hardcore landscape. What’s allowed Throwdown to persist and endure is the urgency of their music and a fiercely loyal dedication to their relationships with their friends, their fans and each other. They called one record ”You Don’t Have To Be Blood To Be Family” and they meant it. This is their lives, this is their blood, and this is, truly, their family. ”Haymaker” will undoubtedly become the next pre-game soundtrack to the live-setting. A Throwdown show is a sweaty display of solidarity between brothers and sisters, united through their diversity and a celebration of independent thought free from mainstream constraints. The band smiles and laughs as the pent up frustrations from the daily grind, the 9-to-5, the dark and confusing times in which we live, are unleashed in cathartic release. Throwdown is a bludgeoning force to be sure, but one put to good use. Get the record, learn the words, head out to the show and get yourself… ”In The Family.”
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This album has so many breakdowns you will spin kick your own mother. These guys even make Hatebreed sound soft. Non stop pit action from start to finish, this is what hardcore should sound like.
Not Pantera by any means. But also not bad either. There are many that dont dig the Hardcore/metalcore,”Toughman”hardcore attitude and endless breakdowns ect.But one thing ive noticed about this album is that if your into hardcore music of any type, be it hiphop,rapcore or whatever,when you crank this album, here in Texas,Black,White,Hispanic,Asian 9/10 heads are bobbing.Aggro taker in the car after a hard day….everytime. If they can improve on their lack of different “sounds” (unearth for example)more on there next album I will give it a 5.Breakdowns are not a bad thing.Not all bands out there can deliver good ones and sound weak because of the lack of skill.Throwdown is not one of those bands….Barnone.
In the world of modern tough guy hardcore there are 4 bands you need to know: Hatebreed, Throwdown, Terror, Bury Your Dead. These are the 4 bands that are dominating the scene and putting out the most brutal breakdown heavy music. First of all, I have seen Throwdown bashed by so many people for so many stupid reasons and it really upsets me. People talk about how they like bands like Lamb of God or Pantera and then say they hate Throwdown, and the usual reason is because “they don’t like the lyrics”. Sure straightedge lyrics about your friends and family won’t go over well with your average metalhead, but I choose to open my mind. I never listened to music for the lyrics, but for the aggression and it’s all here. This CD is intense and brutal, when I listen to this I start getting really pumped up and feel like lashing out at the world. The use of swear words on this CD really ups the anger/aggression factor. The fact is I really don’t care if you dont like Throwdown, anyone who doesn’t like a band because of the lyrics is a poser anyway. If you want a mainstream CD that is heavier than almost everything else in the mainstream then get this.
I have to wonder, what is in the water over in O.C. California because they are producing some damn good metalcore/hardcore. Throwdown is one of those if not the best. They really prove they aren’t your average band in this genre with “Haymaker” . The breakdowns on this album are crazy an would make your mother’s aunt hXc dance. People seem to think this is more for people who enjoy moshing then the music its self, sure they have alot of mosh pit anthems but I find them to have some really good lyrics and actually I enjoy the vocals. This is up there with “You don’t have to be blood to be family” as Throwdown’s best. Right now I think Trustkill along with Victory record’s as one of the best labels right now, with a lineup including Throwdown, Terror, It Dies Today, Poison the Well, Walls of Jericho, eighteen visions(yeah even if they sorda have lost it a little) and Bleeding through. So grab a copy of this album and support Trustkill records.