The Distance / With Honor

With Honor/The Distance [Split CD]

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Boasting what is quite possibly the most lavish packaging ever created for an EP -- and a split one at that -- this 16-minute, six-track release pairs two Connecticut-based hardcore bands, With Honor and the Distance. The first combines severe straight edge values with a distinctly metallic edge, then tosses in singalong gang choruses to sweeten the otherwise grueling intensity of "Gun for Hire," "Long Story Short," and the sobering anthem to disillusion that is "Pipe Dream." The second pursues a slightly less stern world philosophy to go with their looser and more traditional hardcore style, highlighted here by the particularly cathartic rush of "It's a Long Way Down" and the rather depressed "We're All Here Alive and Unwell," which they pull off with the help of the Hope Conspiracy singer Kevin Baker.

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