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Path Of Resistance Can't Stop The Truth


01. Can't Stop The Truth 02. What Propaganda Hides 03. Against The Gale 04. Promethean 05. Into Emptiness 06. Haunted 07. Best Of My Best 08. Blood Trail 09. The Mission 10. Occulted Hand 11. At Full Strength 12. Intro 13. That Golden Day
2006 Victory Records
Our score 8

9/13/2006

The mass exodus of hardcore kids from one generation to the next creates a vacuum. This vacuum is filled with kids whose principles differ from those held by the generation before it, save for a minority who still hold strong. Syracuse's proudest ambassadors of nineties-born straight edge, Path Of Resistance, are part of that minority. Their sophomore album Can't Stop The Truth, released almost exactly ten years after their standout debut Who Dares Wins, is a battered statement of survival and pride for a way of life that has since lost the majority of its adherents to a combination of factors. Like its predecessor, Can't Stop The Truth is a catchy hybrid of the late eighties/early nineties sounds from both sides of the country. The west coast melodies of "Best Of My Best" and "The Mission," and east coast crunch of "Against The Gale," "Blood Trail," and "At Full Strength" succeed at bringing back the memories of a more honest hardcore era. At the same time, others will surely write the album off as musically dated and uninteresting. Those who do so need to wake up, do their research, and find the value in Can't Stop The Truth, because it exists here in spades. Ideologically, the album confronts the listener as a human who lives on this planet instead of merely pandering to an aggressive and crew-backed bitter soul. And for that reason alone this album has embarrassingly gone under the radar of most hardcore kids, young and old, many of whom once questioned their own place in this world and turned to awareness-raising bands like Path Of Resistance, Indecision, Ensign, One King Down, Earth Crisis, Strife, and Snapcase for inspiration. Today the majority of these bands are either forgotten or ridiculed as awkward and outdated by a new generation of hardcore kids who ironically skip the nineties and are now valiantly attempting to recreate the eighties. Today's hardcore music is unquestionably easier to live with than the self-improvement oriented hardcore of the nineties. Save for a small pocket including Most Precious Blood and First Blood, no longer is there a constant stream of popular bands compelling hardcore fans to examine their diets, their ethics, and their stances on social and political issues. These issues are still in constant discussion among prominent DIY bands like Tragedy, Cursed, and Born Dead Icons, increasingly popular death grind bands Phobia and Misery Index, and of course among countless bands in the punk scene as usual. But in hardcore the thrust toward truth and self-improvement seems to have gone out of style. Not with Path Of Resistance. While the lineup on Can't Stop The Truth differs from the one on Who Dares Wins (ex-Another Victim and current Unholy guitarist Jonathan Dennison has stepped in on bass, ex-Earth Crisis drummer Dennis Merrick takes a seat behind the kit, and Bulldog steps in as the third vocalist), the message and songs are more relevant than ever. Even as the members are well into their thirties, with some living across the country (like ex-Earth Crisis founder/guitarist Scott Crouse, who recently joined a new lineup of God Is I for a demo featuring Merauder's Jorge Rosado on vocals) and most having started families, they still found a way to satisfy the nagging demand for a new record and construct yet another controversial argument for abstaining from the consumption of substances and animal products. Sadly, it is an argument that falls on more deaf ears than ever. While bands like Suffocate Faster and Embrace Today wave the straight edge banner high in 2006, their audiences are limited and music not nearly as proficient as that of their nineties' counterparts. Even then, Path Of Resistance tackle such a comprehensive array of topics that they are much more than a straight edge band, they should be considered a sustainable lifestyle band. But that would have zero appeal if marketed as such. The reality of their immense popularity in Europe contrasted with a general lack of acknowledgment in North America is a sign of our fast rotting culture, justifiably addressed in Haunted ("dissatisfaction, it haunts you, you fail to question why - drugs of solace consumed to fill the void.running from the symptoms, suppress the pain") and "Into Emptiness" ("fools chase after unattainable dreams - casting illusions of beauty and success - view the world through a sick lens of selfishness - all that glitters is all that matters - worth and status through what's acquired"). Other issues addressed are factory farms and animals' unnecessary suffering ("What Propaganda Hides," "Blood Trail") and a personal commitment to ideals ("Against The Gale," "Best Of My Best"). Because Path Of Resistance has been a part-time band since conception, the odds are pretty low that they will be delivering the aforementioned messages directly to your local club any time soon. But evidently the band is not the only political outlet for founder/singer D.J. Rose, who recently did a web/podcast interview with renowned show Issue Oriented. And while ex-Earth Crisis leader Karl Buechner's voice sounds a bit dry and low in the final mix, his lyrics show a man still possessed. Hopefully his performance on the upcoming album from rejuvenated metalcore project Freya will be more prominent, and be a sign of more political action through music to come. Bottom Line: There is more hardcore music being released these days than ever before. But judging by how the genre has become somewhat of a laughingstock for hard music fans, the music and ideals have lost their appeal among more serious crowds, having become watered-down and oversimplified. While Path Of Resistance never embraced technicality in their music, preferring instead to compose songs in a traditional hardcore vein, the ideals and values they propose are much more challenging than anything else being said today in heavy music. For the courage, inspiration, and honesty put forth by the band long after the majority of its original fans turned their backs, Can't Stop The Truth deserves to be heard.

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okarma_ 9/13/2006 4:47:38 PM

first


anonymous 9/13/2006 4:54:23 PM

another gluck review...thanks for reminding us how things have changed since you were there back in the day brah


Cory_ 9/13/2006 4:55:46 PM

before even reading this, i knew it was Gluck.


thetruthhurts_ 9/13/2006 5:02:01 PM

1.) You're about 6 months late on this review. 2.) No one cares what it was like "back then" - even those of us who were around "back then." 3.) TLNR 4.) This album is shit. And not the good kind of japanese schoolgirl porn shit - the shitty kind of shit.


mefuckyeah]_ 9/13/2006 5:13:19 PM

I hope this is a joke, maybe back in the mid to late 90's a cd like this woulda been cool, but c'mon give me a f*cking break. Not only that but the cd production sounds like shit


wolfpack_ 9/13/2006 5:30:22 PM

great album


Natas-101_ 9/13/2006 5:43:04 PM

Nope, it wasn't even cool back then.


deez_nutz_ 9/13/2006 5:50:42 PM

Gluck is right that the sound is dated and very few are interested in hearing it. This is a great album though, it deserves an 8/10. This should have been posted much earlier this year.


Natas's Mom_ 9/13/2006 5:51:32 PM

Darling, since when do you know what cool is?


Hitler_ 9/13/2006 6:11:42 PM

the hatecore band with the same name>PoR


drewxblood_ 9/13/2006 7:12:39 PM

great record, great review. if you don't like this band, you just don't get it anyway.


Cutter_ 9/13/2006 8:02:28 PM

I agree 100% with this band's message but can't stand its music. Oh well.


Gluck's a faggot_ 9/13/2006 10:18:17 PM

this record sucks, their first one was great and this one is total shit. All including the production. Get the shit out from between your ears.


drewxblood_ 9/13/2006 11:19:22 PM

the production DOES suck. horrible.


bitterlowz_ 9/14/2006 8:59:18 AM

typical comments from 2 years in hardcore kids.


CuntSnot_ 9/14/2006 10:13:29 AM

this band is a joke right?


Gluck's a Faggot_ 9/14/2006 10:18:12 AM

typical comments from 2 years in hardcore kids. posted by bitterlowz (bitterlowz@verizon.net) on 9/14/2006 8:59:18 AM Been going to shows for 11 years guy and it doesn't take a smart fella to know this record sucks. Or maybe it does in your case. Eat Shit.


picturesofme_ 9/14/2006 10:46:41 AM

Gluck is a dictionaryf*cking grundlefondler who needs death. Also, too Gluck no read ever.


fuck yeah_ 9/14/2006 3:26:04 PM

maybe they werent focused so much on the production but more on the message. Path isnt exactly trying to blow people away with the music. I think alot of people will miss the point of the simplicity and reasoning behind it.


xomertax_ 9/14/2006 6:04:39 PM

He's doing his f*cking job reviewing albums. You don't have to like his opinions you f*cking c*ntscabs. Pick the sand out of your vjayjays.


acacia stained_ 9/14/2006 10:26:15 PM

TLNFR


vcreationv_ 9/15/2006 5:14:34 AM

good review. respect for POR.


james_ 9/15/2006 3:09:41 PM

good band and everything but gluck you sound like a f*cking old douche bag.


wizardsbeard_ 9/15/2006 10:12:14 PM

I remember being but an impressionable lad, seeing tough-ass pictures of POR standing in old, broken down buildings with 40 friends all x'd up with hoods and bandannas. I thought that was cool then and it's cool now, anachronism be damned.


yeahdude_ 9/16/2006 4:33:01 PM

if you don't have love for path, you're probably a lame dude


xdx_ 9/18/2006 2:26:06 AM

ok, for the ones who might be interested about, here's a small list of stuff from nineties you need to listen(hc/emo/whatever): unbroken - life.love.regret earth crisis - firestorm/destroy the machines/gomorrah's season ends strife - one truth/in this defiance snapcase - Lookinglassself/Steps EP chokehold - instilled EP/content with dying undertow - control 7" 108 - songs of separation better than a thousand - selfworth 7" bloodlet - seraphim fall botch - we are the romans extinction


xslick_mcfavoritex_ 9/18/2006 2:36:53 AM

Why is it that when I see people talk shit on this band/album I think of a bunch of pussies who broke edge and don't like being reminded of the times when they actually had the balls to stand for something? That or little c*nts who listened to Atreyu last year but now listen to shitty obscure black metal because they strive for some little shred of credability and they hate thier parents.


Jim_ 9/18/2006 11:34:22 PM

STOP DOING REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS PLEASE YOU ARE ACTUALLY f*ckING HORRIBLE AT IT, SERIOUSLY YOU ARE TERRIBLE PLEASE STOP