Earth Crisis


Destroy The Machines

Earth Crisis - Destroy The Machines ©1994 Victory
1. Forced March
2. Born From Pain
3. Destroy The Machines
4. New Ethic
5. The Discipline
6. Deliverance
7. Inherit The Wasteland
8. Asphyxiate
9. The Wrath Of Sanity
10. Fortress

After a few stopgaps and 7"s, Earth Crisis get their act together for this, the debut longplayer for Victory. For a New York straightedge-vegan hardcore band with hardcore stalwarts Victory Records and have been touring with hardcore bands since their inception...this is heavy metal. I mean, this reminds me more of Sepultura and Pantera than the more influential hardcore bands like Final Conflict or Cro-Mags; it's intense, perfectly calculated, mid-paced metalcore. And a shade dull, I might add. Karl Buechner's hoarse, dry-throated vocals rumble tales of animal liberation, misanthropy, alcohol and drug use, including what appears to be another sXe requisite: the vindictive Irrational Anti-Abortion Song (hmmm...I guess Karl and I do not see eye to eye on certain issues) all delivered sans emotion or melody. But it's aggressive as hell which, I'm assuming, is the point anyway. The sheer overwhelming heaviness is difficult to digest, but digestible. That is, if you've got the patience. A full deck for fans of the genre, which does not include me.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 03/1999

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Gomorrah's Season End

Earth Crisis - Gomorrah's Season End ©1996 Victory
1. Broken Foundation
2. Cease To Exist
3. Gomarrah's Season Ends
4. Constrict
5. Names Carved Into Granite
6. Situation Degenerates
7. Morality Dictates
8. Cling To The Edge
9. Forgiveness Denied

Ferocious, tempered, vegan straight-edge hardcore. As far as I can see, hardcore in general tends to have pretty low-ceiling standards, and yes, this same perceptive reasoning applies to Earth Crisis. To their credit, Gomorrah's Season Ends shows the band has done a nice job soaking up the earthy heaviness of metal's current notables - namely Pantera, and Chaos A.D. era Sepultura, while retaining the intensity and political audacity of their hardcore contemporaries. Karl Buechner's roaring vocals and lyrics declare war on the various insanities perpetrated by that annoying itch known as humanity, although some of his sentiments irk me slightly (for example, the questionable views on anti-abortion and animal rights - why fight for the rights of animals, yet deny the rights of women?) Alright, off the soapbox. I respect Earth Crisis for their steadfastness and the changes they're trying to promote, but this leaves me cold for the same reason most 80's thrash left me cold; robotic and mathematical almost to the point of scientific. Indeed, food for the mind - but viscerally empty.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 03/1999

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Breed The Killers

Earth Crisis - Breed The Killers ©1998 Roadrunner
1. End Time
2. Filthy Hands To Famished Mouths
3. Breed The Killers
4. Wither
5. Ultramilitance
6. Into The Fray
7. One Against All
8. Drug Related Homicide
9. Overseer
10. Death Rate Solution
11. Unvanquished
12. Ecocide

Considering that Earth Crisis' progression over their previous two full-lengths has been rather subtle, Breed the Killers, their third full-length and debut for Roadrunner, makes logical sense. No, with song titles like "Drug Related Homicide" and "Death Rate Solution" the term 'subtle' doesn't exactly spring to mind, but over the years Earth Crisis have been tinkering with, and honing their sound, to a decidedly positive effect. Sure, they're still straight-edge. They're still hardcore (but barely!). And they still think YOU need an attitude adjustment. But unlike the stiff, boring plod of both the debut Destroy the Machines and sophomore Gomorrah's Season Ends, this time around Earth Crisis have shed the Crowbar diversions and have, quite simply, written the record I had hoped they eventually would; scarfaced, teeth-baring metalcore with a sense of imagination, dynamic and enough musical spark to allow the compositions to breathe, thus allowing the listener to maintain consciousness. But they're not out of the woods yet; main throat Karl Buechner still insists on hollering every lyric with the exact same vocal pattern, which becomes monotonous about a third of the way through. But at the risk of skirting the issue by way of hyperbole, this record must be done justice: Breed the Killers is the most impressive hardcore album I've heard in ages, or more accurately, perhaps a few years reich. Of course it's cross and utterly vicious, but there are musical passages interweft throughout which can only be described as downright punchy, if not blatantly melodic. Their fanbase, as is, will not be thinned; but I have the feeling Earth Crisis will start converting in droves now, especially given the new opportunities which should arise with Roadrunner's backing.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 03/1999

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