Justice For None
review published: 11/21/2016
Guerrilla Warfare is a hardcore/nu metal band from Louisville, KY and Atlanta, GA. Their debut EP Justice For None is a an enjoyable crossover record incorporating quasi-rap vocals over a hardcore foundation.
It's clear from the get-go that Guerrilla Warfare like all things early 2000s. Opener "Step Aside" kicks off with a chunky hardcore riff before the shouted vocals give way to a heavy breakdown. It's pretty straight-forward stuff, but what sets them apart is the vocals. This isn't the finely tuned finesse of Zack De La Rocha, nor is it the dumbed down bro rhymes of Fred Durst. It's somewhere in between. In fact, it's tough to really call it rapping, though the label is enticingly convenient. Basically, their vocalist uses shouted vocals arranged in rhythmic patterns; groups like Reveille and Papa Roach (and even Turnstile) come to mind in both intonation and flow.
Over the bedrock of the hardcore base, the approach somehow works without coming off as cheesy or overly nostalgic. While "Fives" delves into a Downset-esque melodic groove, tracks like "Crucify Me" draw more from the nu-metal spectrum. Mixing in bouncy stop-start riffing with the heavy breakdowns, Guerrilla Warfare fuse the two genres with proficiency. "Break The Chain" even incorporates some Pantera groove metal pinched harmonics.
Complementing the band on Justice For None is excellent production. Rough in all the right places while still being crisp enough to hear every nuance, the record hits appropriately hard.
Bottom Line: The further we get from nu-metal's glory days, the greater the nostalgia grows, but that's not what Guerrilla Warfare appear to be about. Justice For None may reference that material, but they've taken its ideas and blended them with modern hardcore. It's an updated version that I am interested to hear more of.
Track Listing: 01. Step Up 02. Pushed In Place 03. Best Laid Plans 04. Fives 05. Break The Chain 06. Crucify Me