Southern California's Torn in Two came and went pretty quickly. Rather than debuting in the Christian hardcore scene with a record of their own, they hopped on board with Facedown Records, being put on a three way split with other early Facedown Records bands, Point of Recognition and Cast in Stone, in 2000 titled Now the Tables Have Turned. A year later, they released their now out of print full length, Soli Deo Gloria, on Facedown Records, receiving mostly positive feedback. Torn in Two was on board with the dual-vocals hardcore style that was around for awhile in the 90s and into the early 2000s. Hell, even two of my earlier bands had two vocalists, glad that trend went away. It was decent at times though, and Torn in Two, I believe, was a great example of what having two vocalists can really achieve. I saw them play only once at the Cornerstone Music Festival when I was in high school and I thought they were great. Their only flaw, however, was that I didn't think their record had much replay value, so I lost interest in the band pretty quickly. But, after having listened to it for the first time since the record came out, I must say it's definitely heavy. I have not been able to find my copy of the Now the Tables Have Turned three way split, so I put it on my list. If anyone has a copy of that, and would be able to send it to me, that would be amazing! So, as requested by Endy from Indonesia, below is the download of Soli Deo Gloria. By the way, I apologize for the lack of pictures of Torn in Two and the shitty image of the cover art for the record. The only image I even have of the band is on an old Facedown Family page from when Facedown Records was still a baby in the hardcore scene, but I don't have a scanner, and the cover art I had to just pull off of Facedown Records' website.
Soli Deo Gloria (2001 - Facedown Records)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
I just want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone so far who has donated rare Christian hardcore music to this blog. If you don't see it up yet, it will be soon, just been a tad busy lately. I appreciate every bit of information, music, contacts that anyone has given me for this blog. I am currently still sorting through all of my own Christian hardcore collection, as well as stuff I have recently found and stuff that people have recently sent my way. Again, I just want to reiterate, that if anyone has information about, or recordings of Christian hardcore bands from the 90s and early 2000s that you may think I don't have or think I'd be into, please let me know. Thanks a ton.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Winnipeg, Canada's Figure Four has been around for about 14 years now. After over a decade of playing music, they have only released three full length records. Their first record, No Weapon Formed Against Us, was released on Southern California's Facedown Records in 1999, being one of the label's earlier releases. This record blew them up, offering the Christian hardcore scene it's own version of Buried Alive. They continued their aggressive, heavy hardcore sound in their 2001 follow up, When It's All Said and Done, which probably became the record that would define the band. The first time I ever saw them was just before this record was released at a small show here in Cincinnati, OH. I loved it, but I definitely could notice that they were appreciated, yet. Figure Four made a big move from Facedown Records to the infamous Solid State Records, famous for branching from Tooth & Nail Records, who had released some the greatest Christian hardcore records of the 90s. Solid State Records has become a haven for lame Christian hardcore bands, but some still use the incredible promotional value of the label to keep their drive in the hardcore scene alive. On Solid State Records, Figure Four released their third, and final record as of now, titled Suffering the Loss. Since then, the band has been on a major hiatus, with members being involved in other major projects, including: Comeback Kid, Gravemaker, and Cancer Bats. Suffering the Loss was a great record to leave kids with for now, having a much more aggressive sound, and having a production that really shows how heavy Figure Four can really be. Being a big fan of them from the beginning, I look forward to seeing what they may have to offer in the future, if anything. Be sure to check out Comeback Kid and Grave Maker online.
No Weapon Formed Against Us (1999 - Facedown Records)
When It's All Said and Done (2001 - Facedown Records)
Suffering the Loss (2003 - Solid State Records)