Rough Justice

Worth Fighting For

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The initial release on Cherry Red's hardcore imprint Blood Storm Records, Worth Fighting For is so purely classical in its form that the average listener might be surprised to find that it isn't a reissue of some unknown '80s hardcore album. The British four-piece betray very few metal or other non-punk influences on these six brief songs, which are uniformly tackled at a speedy but not ridiculously over-the-top tempo. The vocals have a little bit of the Cookie Monster thing happening, but not to an obnoxious degree; more importantly, the lyrics are actually at least partially intelligible, which last occurred on a hardcore album at some point back in 1987. Fans of the Cro-Mags, D.R.I., and other second-generation hardcore acts will find a lot to get excited about here.

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