Victory Style – 4 – Review

Victory Style 4

by Tim Den

After what seems like an eternity of tough guy, chug-a-lug metalcore releases, Victory is getting back to what the label does best: Variety. Learning from their early untouchable reputation — earned by the signings of such ground-breaking bands as Snapcase and Refused — the label is mixing it all up again. From the new, more mainstream sound of Earth Crisis (can we say Korn Chamber?), the return-to-old school (since-our-experimentations-didn’t-work) stylings of Shelter, the metalcore of Hatebreed, Buried Alive, and No Innocent Victim, to the melodic emocore of Grade and Boy Sets Fire, the experimental grooves of Snapcase and Integrity 2000, and the sunshiney sing-alongs of Greyarea, Victory is putting the spice back into its rosters. Oh, and let’s not forget a little bit of dirt’n’roll (Electric Frankenstein) and mod rock (The Strike) in there as well. These bands hold their own in terms of brutality, catchiness and energy within their own subgenre. The bio just might be right: “this is the best Victory Style ever.” Others appearing: Shutdown, Cause For Alarm, Skarhead, Catch 22, Blood For Blood, All Out War, OS101, Strife, Warzone, River City Rebels, and Reach The Sky.
(PO Box 146546 Chicago, IL 60614)