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Ringworm Justice Replaced By Revenge


01. Justice Replaced By Revenge 02. No One Dies Alone 03. Seeing Through These Eyes 04. House of Hell 05. Day of Truth 06. Whiskey Drunk 07. God Eat God 08. Ghosts of the Past 09. Thrive 10. Devil's Kiss 11. Death Is Not an Option 12. No More Heroes 13. Life After The End of the World
2005 Victory Records
Our score 9

by Cory
11/25/2005

Ringworm is something of an anomaly in the music world. Their first release, The Promise, was highly influential at the time of its release in 1993, and alongside hardcore legends Integrity, the band helped usher in a new age of metallic hardcore before breaking up only a few years later. Almost a decade after their debut, Ringworm reformed and released Birth Is Pain, an album that oddly filled a void left by Integrity's musical turn for the worse at the turn of the century. Four years later, Ringworm returns yet again with Justice Replaced By Revenge, an absolute success and reminder that what was true about hardcore in 1993 still holds true in 2005. As usual, the lineup has shifted a bit, but rest assured that the Human Furnace, Frank "3-Gun" Novinec, and Matt Sorg have returned, alongside new recruits Danny Zink (ex-Pitboss 2000) and Steve Rauchorst. Ringworm sounds better in this incarnation than ever before. The album leads off with the title track, one of the angriest, heaviest tracks the band has ever written and it doesn't let up from there. Each track, aside from the Metallica-esque interlude "Whiskey Drunk," is incredibly fast, incredibly heavy hardcore with a metallic edge on it. It's not "metalcore" in the most recent sense, as the metal almost always serves to accent the hardcore side of things, but the songs aren't built around them. Additionally, the "metal" that influenced these guys is definitely of the Venom or Nuclear Assault variety, unlike most of the younger bands playing now. "Thrive" even successfully incorporates a Slayer riff without it sounding awkward or stolen, something Hatebreed has been attempting for years now. In his times away from Ringworm, Novinec has played guitar for Terror and Integrity, both of which feature incredible vocalists, but Human Furnace's distinctive scream easily ranks among hardcore's best. In addition, whether blaspheming ("God Eat God") or meditating on the very nature of death ("No One Dies Alone," "Death Is Not An Option"), his lyrics always manage to be compelling. Because Ringworm has nothing to prove about their lifestyle or their dedication, they can write about topics of actual gravity and consequence. Ringworm has upped the ante on everything here except, perhaps the production. The songs on Justice Replaced By Revenge are arguably their best. The guitar work is stepped up a notch, as evidenced by the increasingly agile solos that permeate the second half of the disc. Even the replacement of Integrity drummer Chris Dora with Danny Zink seems to have given them a boost of energy in the rhythm department and new bassist Steve Rauchorst seems more than able to lend support on bass. As spectacular as it all sounds, I can't help but feel like Ben Schigel's production sounds like a slightly less dense substitute for Bill Korecky's work with both Ringworm and Terror. In the end, I decided just to crank the bass and not let one minor flaw get in the way of my enjoyment. Finally, I have to mention the very nice artwork, courtesy of Jake Bannon. For the first time, Ringworm has suitably evil and accomplished artwork to match the quality of their music. While it's not necessarily a huge departure from Bannon's usual style, it is a huge improvement on Ringworm's part. The artwork to Birth Is Pain looked like something a couple of middle-schoolers might have drawn up. Let's face it: sometimes people judge CDs by their cover and it's about time people looked at a Ringworm album cover and say "Wow, I want to buy that" instead of laughing and picking up an As I Lay Dying CD instead. Bottom Line: I unilaterally recommend Ringworm's Justice Replaced By Revenge to any fan of hardcore or metal. Any hardcore fan should already know and love them. Any metal fan should appreciate the intensity, chops and lack of bullshit hardcore posturing. Anyone who isn't familiar should run out and grab their entire catalog before anyone finds out. Justice Replaced By Revenge is another instant classic from one of hardcore's most consistently powerful bands.

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xtroyx_ 11/25/2005 9:38:29 AM

good review! i've yet to hear this record but i've been waiting for many many years. can't wait to pick it up.


hellyes_ 11/25/2005 10:21:23 AM

hell yes


Ash_ 11/25/2005 10:43:02 AM

A+ Cory! This album is f*cking amazing and well deserving of the score!


truthsayer_ 11/25/2005 10:52:56 AM

f*ck yes. Great review, great record.


jwcp_ 11/25/2005 11:16:28 AM

great review, though i have no problems at all with the production


conquest writhe_ 11/25/2005 11:19:53 AM

oh no, this wasn't a late review at all....


Mike_ 11/25/2005 11:24:21 AM

Get ready for tons more late reviews, smartass. Good job Cory getting it up!


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 11/25/2005 11:25:29 AM

^^ Could be taken in several ways...


Mike_ 11/25/2005 11:26:56 AM

That was the whole point, smartass #2.


Kanye West_ 11/25/2005 1:21:07 PM

George Bush doesn't care about this great band, but really f*cking should.


davefons_ 11/25/2005 4:38:26 PM

GREAT!


ChemicallyImbalancedSloth_ 11/25/2005 5:37:31 PM

Best hardcore band ever.


har_har_ 11/25/2005 6:51:30 PM

good review, I completely agree with everything said, best band in hardcore


Mike_ 11/25/2005 9:32:48 PM

Best reviewer right now in hardcore, I want to have fun with CORY NO ONE DIES ALONE, YOU TAKE A PIECE OF ME WITH YOU!


mydixiewrecked_ 11/25/2005 10:50:47 PM

Mike wants to lay into Corys little ass. queer. without a doubt one of my top 5 favorite releases of 05


AIDSmuppet_ 11/25/2005 11:31:19 PM

this is some fine ass cheese


TheWood_ 11/25/2005 11:47:48 PM

Definitely a top album of 2005. Gotta love the instrumental track, "Whiskey Drunk".


jetpacksandapplejuice_ 11/26/2005 12:18:42 PM

good review. too bad cory doesn't even go to ringworm and fronts on living in cleveland. stay in kent you fake.


Cory_ 11/26/2005 12:43:53 PM

oddly, I was at the last Ringworm show and grew up in Cleveland.


black ass tim_ 11/26/2005 3:41:17 PM

excellent f*cking album. excellent f*cking band. i need to cop that "there is no god" t shirt. shits hot.


kockrock_ 11/26/2005 5:21:42 PM

Best album of 05, without a doubt. Instant-classic down the way it should be.


shwa_ 11/26/2005 5:24:17 PM

Whiskey drunk ain't no instrumental track, just the first minute, and a fine ass tune though.


Jottpe_ 11/26/2005 6:19:09 PM

I honestly have to say I was less than impressed with this album. I am not familiar with any of their previous releases but I just think that there wasn't much interesting enough here to warrant a 9. I seriously had to do a double take when I saw you listed this as album of the week. Of course theres little competition but this album just screamed mediocre to me. Rather than find these lyrics compelling I was embarrassed as I went over them for my radio station to find the clean ones. A lot of


holycitybradley_ 11/26/2005 7:23:36 PM

I saw this record as mediocre, nothing special. These guys deserve credit for being around as long as they have, but I dont think a 9/10 is really a review I agree with. I will listen to this cd again


TheWood_ 11/26/2005 10:10:00 PM

"Whiskey Drunk" is an instrumental track. It is an interlude into the next track, "God Eat God". Notice how your CD player switches from Track 6 to Track 7, indicating that they are two separate songs.


nolanmorice_ 11/27/2005 3:21:10 AM

this record is good. but get off the bands balls, it makes you look like the most biased reviewer ever.


Mike_ 11/28/2005 3:12:52 AM

Every opinion in the review comments that does not fully support Cory or the new Ringworm album 100% deserves to die a young, bloody death.


truthsayer_ 11/28/2005 10:34:35 AM

I second that.


SMokeOutloud_ 11/29/2005 12:56:23 PM

he says "unilaterally". **tent pole falls and slams to ground, causing tent to....**


MKULTRABLIZZARD_ 12/2/2005 4:35:01 PM

this album doesn't deserve a 9 at all. being a fan from the days when the demo was released, this album PALES in comparison. it's almost whigger core... not the scratchy, vile and completely sick sound they used to have. but the past is the past and while this album doesn't hold a candle to older output, it's still decent...i guess


Tony Brummel_ 12/5/2005 12:23:43 PM

what is this gay talking about, integrity 2000 was the only respectable thing that group ever put out


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