Natural Order - s/t (Purgatory Records)
Unfortunately, this Natural Order 7" came to me cracked in half in the mail, so I've still only heard the two songs on Sound Cloud, but I love what I've been able to hear. This has a heavy vibe reminiscent of late 90s bands like Turmoil, Bloodlet and Damnation AD. There's a discordant and noisy aspect that adds to the dark feel provided by the lyrics. If you're into heavy, mid-paced hardcore, definitely check out Natural Order.
No Turning Back - No Regrets (Fastbreak Records)
The Weight We Carry - Downcast (Full Circle Attack)
Triggerman - Learning To Lie (1124 Records)
It can always be difficult to review records by bands that have reunited nearly 20 years after they called it quits, especially if you actually enjoyed their output the first time around. A fear sets in that you might hate the new effort, and that could potentially even ruin your outlook on old material. Thankfully, that didn't happen at all with the recent Triggerman LP - Learning To Lie.
The songs featured on this LP were actually written in the early 90s before the band broke up, and I think that these songs benefit from the improved recording technology of today. A lot of older melodic hardcore records are very hit and miss for me due to poor recording quality, or perhaps just studio engineers that didn't know how to handle it properly. All instruments cut through nicely on this recording, and play well with Joe Nelson's clean vocals. More than anything, I would say that Triggerman carry a strong Dag Nasty vibe on Learning To Lie. There's a lot of melody throughout the songs, but they don't detract from the punk nature of the songs themselves. The fourteen tracks have a nice flow, but I would say stand out tracks are the title track and "This Town". If melodic, early 90s hardcore is your thing, I'm sure this will fit very nicely into your collection.