Dynasty – Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance – Review

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L.A.-based hardcore outfit Dynasty has spent the last several years being put through the endless touring wringer, kept busy by writing new material, and in general just spreading their traditional purist hardcore  to the masses — as well as peppering in a indoctrinating messages while they’re at it — something bands backed by Strike First Records are very familiar with. Pulling from the influences of classic hardcore bands such as Terror and First Blood, Dynasty had some pretty big shoes to fill — especially when they inhabit a genre that was born on venting blind aggression and not one utilizing such a well laid out path.

As far as uncompromising hardcore goes, Dynasty has crafted a well-oiled set of songs that sound good on paper with their label-debut record, “Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance.“ From the beginning, tracks like “Worthless Will” and “Triumph And Truth,” show off Dynasty‘s love for gritty riffs and anthem-shouts. It all feels scrappy and aggressive, especially when you include their throaty vocals and prominent thumbed basslines. When their lyrics are accounted for though, for example “I believe, I believe, I believe in the risen one” (“Triumph And Truth”), cracks start to show up in their tough guy veneer. It’s not that people who believe a certain way aren’t allow to be tough, but it is sort of self-defeating when you consider the bands influences (Madball, Terror), who allow their aggression and angst to flow without inhibition or pause.

This is where Dynasty feels a bit soft. You can listen to a Trapped Under Ice or Death Before Dishonor song and hear the genuine hardcore jump out of the speakers like a errant crowd surfer — filled with mistakes and miscues which are a product of the chaotic nature of the genre. ” Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance,” while having guitars and percussion that mimic balls-to-the-wall hardcore, is itself a very clean and crisply produced effort. There is not hint given that these guys would have a rowdy or exciting show because of how it was produced.

Each track is a stout two minutes long, with a compliment of coarse riffs and a gravelly set of vocals (both highlights of the album), and even with the gripes mentioned before (it being unoriginal/boring) you still will find something to like about the record. So if you don’t mind a cookie cutter approach to your hardcore, Dynasty has dished out an engaging and well executed effort, even if it is a tad formulaic.  [Staff]

Score: 2.5 (out of 5)

Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Record Label: Strike First Records
Genre: Hardcore

RIYL: Terror, Trapped Under Ice, Madball

Track Listing:
1. Worthless Will
2. Voice Of Truth
3. Wisdom Is Supreme
4. Triumph And Truth
5. Alpha
6. Back To Life
7. Demolish Strongholds
8. Way Of The Wolf
9. Dangerous Minds
10. Sitting Back

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