Monday, October 26, 2009
California's Focal Point is probably the heaviest Christian hardcore band to ever hit the scene. If you like Earth Crisis' Destroy the Machines record, then Focal Point is a must. I believe they made their debut in the hardcore scene, writing and playing, when a few, if not all, the members were still in high school. They only put out two releases in the short-lived career, but what was great about Focal Point was their willingness to mesh into the rest of the hardcore scene and not limiting themselves to only the Christian hardcore scene. Their first release, a 7" titled Neglected, was released on the straight edge record label Life Sentence Records, and featured the original recordings of two songs, "Neglected" and "Upright", that would later appear on their full length, Suffering of the Masses, released on Christian label, Tooth & Nail Records. Sadly, members of Focal Point did not go on to form great bands, and were a part of bands such as Training for Utopia and Demon Hunter. One good project that Training for Utopia was a part of was a split with Zao in 1998 that featured two awesome Zao tracks, but the Training for Utopia were not impressive.
Suffering of the Masses (1996 - Tooth & Nail Records)
Neglected (1996 - Life Sentence Records)