Living in Victory – “Freeman” (ep)

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Jan 202019

Living in Victory (formerly LIV) are back after an extended break with  four tracks of raucous old-school hardcore like you don’t get hear very often anymore.

Back in 2014 LIV released the full length Be the Change and with the quality old-school , youth crew-like hardcore on that album looked to be making their mark.  I’ve wondered since then when we would hear from them again and the answer was the 2018 Freeman (ep).  As a band, Living in Victory started out more simply as LIV back in late 2012 in South Bay Los Angeles.  Brought together by a love of hardcore from bands like 7 Seconds, Gorilla Biscuits, the band wrote songs full of emotion and heart that were sure to inspire endless singalongs , pileons, and just random chaos at undoubtedly sweaty shows.   Be the change was full of songs that would stand alongside those of their influences and were good enough and with enough broad appeal that it would make LIV an good partner on a bill or tour.  Moving forward to Freeman, the band has solidified their sound and made it a bit fuller with the addition of two guitarists (Jeremy Tudo and Chrisoper Pigao) replacing Ace Esguerra.  As with Be the Change, production is spot on with vocals and instruments clearly heard in the mix which has a bit of a rougher edge or tone to it. Continue reading »

Nov 182018

Check out this Blitz cover by Los Angeles based Punk Hardcore band Living In Victory (formerly known as LIV.) The track is available for free download from bandcamp.

The band recently signed to On The Attack Records.

Living In Victory released its “Freeman” EP in June 2018, a passionate and raucous four song eruption of old school punk and hardcore, over catchy grooves and searing guitar hooks. Continue reading »

Aug 282018

Two years after the release of their ground-breaking Persevere EP, Los Angeles hardcore band Rapture releases their new album “Unburned” today through OnTheAttack Records. This album demonstrates an increased musical maturity, but all the same energy, rage and massive breakdowns that have been the band’s hallmark sound over the years. Continually bold. Continually brutal. Continually faithful to their roots.

Rapture features Richard Haro (Vocals), Garrett Gutierrez (Guitar), Tony Rangel (Drums) and Isaac Guerrera (Bass). Continue reading »

Jun 222018

Living In Victory releases its “Freeman” EP, a passionate and raucous four song eruption of old school punk and hardcore, over catchy grooves and searing guitar hooks. Building on the momentum from their acclaimed “Be The Change” full length debut, Los Angeles based Living In Victory (formerly known as LIV.) continues to address social issues of today’s youth, and life as an outsiders united through the hardcore scene. Hard-charging, emotional and urgent, Freeman stomps through traditional musical barriers to deliver a listener experience that earns constant replays.

Living In Victory features vocals from Matthew Salamante, Jason Diaz on bass, two new guitar players Jeremy Tudon and Christopher Pigao, and the indomitable Tony Esquivel on drums. Continue reading »

Spirit And The Bride – “Dry Bones”

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Jan 272018

Cincinnati, Ohio, based Spirit and the Bride are back with their second full-length album “Dry Bones” If you read this and you come to the end of the review, you will notice that it came out in May 2017…. I know, I am a bit, okay much too late with the review, sorry about that.

What about the lyrics? Well I think they said it very well in their own words in the reviewer notes:

“Each song deals with spiritual matters, from being in the Bloodline of Christ (“Bloodline”), to praying for the heavens to open (“Open Heavens”), to the epiphany of the thief on the cross. The album has a spiritual progression throughout — one of hope, redemption and love. God provided a way for us to rid ourselves of self-hatred, and this album explores all aspects of the journey.”

Guest vocals are also present on the album by Nick Detty from Wolves at the Gate (song Dead Men), and Zack McKim from Take it Back! / Paperweight (song Jesus Wept). Continue reading »