It is rare that the Life Sentence label lets me down. Considered a seal of quality in underground Hardcore circles, especially the Straight Edge scene, the label has become a launching pad for many aspiring careers in the Metalcore genre. As of late they seem to have become a training camp for the Trustkill Records roster. Eighteen Visions and It Dies Today both got their cherries popped on Life Sentence. All that said, Above This Fire don’t really light my flame. They play Old School Hardcore with irritating, higher-pitched, talk-shouted vocals. Musically this is decent, I suppose. Fast, simple and catchy with a good deal of melody, but nothing that’s going to make the heart stop, and the vocals quite frankly are too big an obstacle to hurdle. This sounds like the crap that Victory was signing in the early ’90s. Still, I can count the number of times Life Sentence has disappointed me on one hand (keep your ears peeled for With Dead Hands Rising, Wings of Scarlet, Nientara, and Tears from the Sky).
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