Climate of Fear

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All Music Guide - Cosmo Lee
Climate of Fear begins topically true to its 2007 release date. Its tense, two-minute intro spews soundbites about the Iraq War, the Virginia Tech shootings, and so on. However, its sound comes from two decades before. Bitter End's debut full-length is an astoundingly faithful reproduction of late-'80s New York hardcore punk, when Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, and Sick of It All ruled Gotham City. All the ingredients are present -- chugging, quasi-metallic riffs; boisterous gang vocals; and a tough, gritty feel. The accuracy of this throwback is even more amazing considering that this San Antonio band was in diapers during New York hardcore's prime. For twenty-somethings, their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cosmo Lee
Climate of Fear begins topically true to its 2007 release date. Its tense, two-minute intro spews soundbites about the Iraq War, the Virginia Tech shootings, and so on. However, its sound comes from two decades before. Bitter End's debut full-length is an astoundingly faithful reproduction of late-'80s New York hardcore punk, when Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, and Sick of It All ruled Gotham City. All the ingredients are present -- chugging, quasi-metallic riffs; boisterous gang vocals; and a tough, gritty feel. The accuracy of this throwback is even more amazing considering that this San Antonio band was in diapers during New York hardcore's prime. For twenty-somethings, their world-view is bleak: "Anxiety sets in, slipping into darkness/Watching a downfall where nobody wins." In "Vigilance," their apocalypse yields a vigilante hero. Out of this pessimism rises bruising, efficient songs that are surprisingly melodic. The mid-paced "The Higher" is almost emotional, and provides a breather from the surrounding punishment. The only chronological giveaway is the crisp, modern recording. The bass tone is clear as a bell, and sits in a perfectly balanced mix. Originality (or lack thereof) isn't a concern when the clarion call is this urgent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Malfunction
  • UPC: 880270207824
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 366,971

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Panic (2:24)
  2. 2 Climate of Fear (2:42)
  3. 3 Phantoms (4:23)
  4. 4 Vigilance (3:10)
  5. 5 Nothing Remains (3:14)
  6. 6 The Higher (3:15)
  7. 7 The Other Side (2:24)
  8. 8 House of Denial (3:09)
  9. 9 Terrified Eyes (4:17)
  10. 10 On My Own (2:07)
  11. 11 Two Domains (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bitter End Primary Artist
Daniel Rosen Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Craig Douglas Producer, Engineer
Paul Miner Mastering
Linas Garsys Artwork
Tyler Nutter Tray Photo
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