Release DetailsLABEL Victory
RELEASED ON 4/18/2006
The Path of Resistance
Can't Stop The Truth
posted on 5/2006 By:
As polarizing as hardcore may be in all of it’s formulaic and freaked-out varieties, words like “originality” and “genius” don’t usually manage to creep their way into many reviews when it comes to casting judgment towards bands of this ilk. More often than not, acts like Victory's The Path Of Resistance are described as “solid”, “decent” or the equally generic “competent”. Okay, that’s all well and good, but how far does “solid" sell you as a buyer of quality hardcore and metal? Much less when this tag is applied to literally hundreds of groups which would be virtually interchangeable and indistinguishable on any 50-disc CD jukebox?
As far as straightedge vegan hardcore goes, Can’t Stop The Truth treads well-worn ground with pretty basic chest-pounding classic Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front styled hardcore. This whole three vocalist thing…I don’t really see the purpose for it. Granted, the band is wise to use singers with naturally contrasting styles to keep things as varied as possible, otherwise they could have just been lazy and used one guy, multi-tracking his voice on the CD, and let the crowd handle the rest at live shows as they shout along. To compare the three of them to each other, two of the vocalists sound like Dobermans, and the third sounds like a mouthy, yapping terrier that plays Devil’s Advocate as he darts in and out antagonistically, instigating confrontation. To me, it doesn’t sound bad, but it doesn’t sound all that great or convincing at all. Perhaps trying to make up for shortcomings elsewhere with quantity over quality?
Musically, we’ve heard this before over and over, and it sounded just as catchy as it did in 1988. So, are The Path Of Resistance playing it safe, keeping true to the faith, or just that genuinely unoriginal? A little of all three. The songs all have a basic level of energy that never breaks into anything really ferocious or determined, despite the overworked mass shouting, and more than a couple tunes are simply blatant filler being passed off as “anthems”. The production isn’t too bad, and it’s unfortunate the songwriting is so uneventful because the guitar tones would have sounded awesome while carrying at least a few really killer riffs along. Some of it is more uptempo, but the majority of this disc is midpaced, lazily-conceived power chord battering with occasionally technical staccato thrown in to help flesh things out as much as possible. Sound boring? It is.
Trying to paint a more colorful picture of Can't Stop The Truth would be a vain effort. If you’re into this sort of gangbang mentality hardcore, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t at least check out their MySpace page to give a couple tunes a spin, but don’t expect to hear anything original or even remotely different than anything else you can pick up on Trustkill, or Solid State, and the list goes on. For being veterans of the scene, I expected a little more fire from The Path Of Resistance, because this album winds up being just another in a long line of humdrum CDs which are as mundane as they are adequate and routine.
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