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Band Members -
Josh Latshaw - vocals, guitar
Chad Istvan - guitar, vocals, piano, keyboard
Matt Krupanski - drums, percussion
Nathan Gray - vocals, keyboard
Robert Ehrenbrand - bass guitar, vocals
Boysetsfire hailed from Delaware U.S.A and formed in October 1994 they had 1 release before after the eulogy which was the day the sun went out.
Boysetsfire disbanded on February 12th 007.
The album starts with the club dance floor mainstay after the eulogy which starts with the battle cry rise, rise, rise and goes on to be a very driving rousing hardcore song with very thought provoking lyrics and subtle breakdowns which can be found in every song on this album.
Rookie ups the tempo with more straight forward punky number.
Pariah under glass returns to a more bombastic sound that pulls you in and wont let go until you submit to it but has with every boysetsfire song within seconds you can be pulled in another direction. Again the lyrics are well thought out and have many meanings.
When rhetoric dies slows the pace down with its hard rock sounding catchy chorus again Nathan Gray has a lot to over with his vocals and lyrics.
Still waiting for the punch line sets off faster than the previous song and settles into a nice mid-tempo song that allows Grays vocals to soars, and be filled lots of emotion.
The abominations of those virtuous starts much like the previous track and again showcases Grays vocal ability and lyrics.
Our Time honored tradition of cannibalism starts with Gray shouting about politics whilst guitars screech, it breaks down into groove laden drum pounding song.
(Compression) As Skull Fragments On the wall again is more of a upbeat tempo song with the drums stop starting and Gray keeping his vocals in time with the heavy guitar riff giving it more effect.
My Life In The Knife Trade is my favorite song from this album and is lyrically sublime the guitar riff that starts it off is very somber and sad before settling into the main riff that carries the song and Grays vocals higher. The drums have a military feel to them and work very well in this song.
Across five years starts with a punky drum beat and spiky guitar riff that drives the song along until the song finishes.
Twelve step hammer program again has a up-tempo spiky stabbing punky riff which evens out and is the base of the song and never really changes until the kick off a great bouncy riff around the 2.30 minute mark that takes us to the finish.
Unspoken Request again starts with somber riff before firing off into a more up-tempo riff Nathan Grays lyrics dealing with How somebody copes with being raped and his anger at the assailant, this a very emotional song.
The force Majure starts with distant drumming that leads into some great harmonics from the guitarist, Gray is spitting venom on this song, the music is heavy stop start riffage the song calms for few seconds before being built up before unleashing its last moments of rage.
If you think that boysetsfire are like normal hardcore bands then you would be completely wrong this album drips with emotion, heartfelt lyrics that come straight from the heart and deal with topics from love to politics and if youre not careful you could find yourself shedding a tear from the pure emotion that comes from the speakers.
Let me make this very clear this album is not a self pitying, Im depressed like many albums out there doing the rounds today this is real and raw.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 After The Eulogy
3 Pariah Under Glass
4 When Rhetoric Dies
5 Still Waiting For The Punchline
6 Abominations Of Those Virtuous
7 Our Time Honored Tradition Of Cannibalism
8 As Skull Fragments On The Wall (Compassion)
9 My Life In The Knife Trade
10 Across Five Years
11 Twelve Step Hammer Program
12 Unspoken Request
13 Force Majeure