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  • 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.

    Posted on November 19, 2009