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)