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Posted October 1, 2010
E. Town Concrete has been kicking around the NJHC scene since 1995, playing with bands like NJ Bloodline, 54 Vision, Candiria, 40 Below Summer, Point 4 Hope, Agents of Man, God Forbid, and others, but has always been the top dog. They've guided the scene with their intense live shows and even better albums, complete with some of the best rap ever incorporated into a metal/hardcore sound. They finally hit their break in 2003 when they were picked up by BMG and released The Renaissance, but some fans thought they were a little too diversified and felt that the band had gone soft. 2004 saw the band back to their indie level, this time with a record on lead singer Anthony Martini's own Ironbound Recordings, distributed by the hardcore staple Victory Records. Made For War is a valiant effort, but not an effective return to form for the band. It tries too hard to be overly heavy, possibly to make up for lost time. There's not much breakdown rap verse here, just a lot of tuneless screaming. Not that it's a bad thing, but part of what made E-Town so charming was their distinctly cocky flair, which is absent here. The songs are pretty brutal, which at least saves this album from being forgettable. All these problems make this not the best starting point for someone who's just discovered the greatness that is this band, but don't make it a bad album by any means. If you're new to the turf, check out Time2Shine, and put on "4 the Fame", which is probably their best song to date.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Back with a vengence Ant$ and the crew lay down a killer album.I bought the new album at the last show they recently played near me and was floored.They do switch up the style a bit on this one from earlier albums,more of ant$ singing,less rapping,and alot more political than any of the others.The cover of Body Count's "There Goes the Neighborhood" is incredible you'd think the song was theirs all along.Over all a great pick up if your an e.town fan and even if your not it's a good album to start with.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.