Something has to be said for a band that, while bringing nothing new to the table, gets the sound so right that it puts them in the leagues of their influences while you’re listening to it. Recorded in 2000, these 14 songs (yes, there’s a hidden track) are a perfect reaction against the metal-ization of most hardcore.

The Japanese band Total Fury had (I believe they’ve broken up) an obvious pre-occupation with D.C. hardcore circa 1981. From the ultra-trebly guitar tone and simplistic drumming to the breakneck, yet melodic riffs, they definitely nailed it. The breakdowns are not “metal” whatsoever, and the vocals are not screamed, but enthusiastically shouted. The heaviest influence understandably coming from Minor Threat, songs like “You’re Too Old” give more resemblance to the mid-tempo crunch of the Untouchables, and the riff changeups recall Bad Brains at their fastest.

Just like most old hardcore, the lyrics are about betrayal, staying “true,” working, and the repercussions that come with being part of a subculture like hardcore.

While it’s doubtful Total Fury will ever achieve the acclaim of other modern bands playing short, to-the-point hardcore, they definitely deserve it for this release alone.
(Dan-Doh Records)