Capital - Homefront
Long Island, NY's Capital formed up in the wake of two local cult heroes, Silent Majority and The Reformation, and their aim is unwavering hardcore, falling into the long line of so many acts to follow the same path from the same beginnings. Their standing apart can be seen within the quick bursts of hardcore punk; the West-minded melodic overtones and the rapid-fire riffing of post-hardcore.
Throughout these 13 heavy-hitters, a contrast is drawn between the dissonance and the resonance; against a wall of tight percussion and thick bass guitarists Rob McAllister and Joey Saccente level the bricks one by one with punchy riffing, surprisingly well-played melodic leads and both do an admirable job of moving the songs along Many of them are complex in structure; many contain movements you'll just not expect from your typical hardcore outfit. A lifetime of experience has been poured out into Homefront, and it's depth captures the quintessential picture of the hardcore scene. Vocalist Tommy Corrigan seems to stitch a piece of himself to every song, with lyrics both personal and much like a nod to the fans and like-minded amongst them. "Procrastination" is a song that sings my point in spades as it speaks of the frustrations and confusions of the life their peers and admireres can no doubt relate to. "Lay a rope on this path because even if I'm blind I'll trust my senses". The impact cannot be avoided.
I was totally taken back by Homefront; it offers me, a hardcore dabbler at best, both a wider glimpse of the genre's possibilites and an all too short burst of heated emotion and fiery passion. I haven't heard too many hc bands manage to take all of their influences and mold them into something so personal and imperative; it refuses to go quietly into the night. One of the best hardcore albums to come across my desk in years, Homefront should give Capital a broader and more dedicated fanbase in one crushing swipe.
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