Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance

Artist: Dynasty
Album: Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Strike First Records

2011 is showing to be the year of hardcore, with a big release already from Gideon, and upcoming releases from Call To Preserve, Hundredth, and a comeback from legends Life In Your Way. I believe that it's also fair to add Dynasty to that list of good hardcore releasing this year. Dynasty have been playing for six years already, but have recently joined the Strike First family, and are ready to unleash their new full length, the interestingly titled Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance. While it's nothing completely ground breaking or anything of the sort, the album is full of passionate, in your face, punk-laced hardcore, sure to make the true hardcore fans, who like more hardcore and less metalcore, happy.

The strongest tracks on the album are "Worthless Will," "Wisdom Is Supreme" and "Way Of The Wolf." All burst with energy, each being full of speedy punk drumming, heavy bass lines and throaty yells. "Worthless Will" opens up the album, and has some great gang vocals that yell "Don't waste your breath, unless you speak the truth!" "Wisdom Is Supreme" begins heavily, and has some of the best drumming on the album, while "Way Of The Wolf" starts off on a slower tempo, before a massive bass drop and more gang vocals get the song really going. Other than those songs, a lot of the songs use similar formulas, and there is an unnecessary 45-second instrumental, "Alpha," that is basically just like a lot of the other songs, instrumentally.

Overall: Full of no holds barred energy, Dynasty's Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance is. Dynasty's anthemic hardcore is full of punk drumming, gang vocals and throaty yells, along with a message of standing for the truth and faith. Although I feel like not all the songs are groundbreaking, a good amount are solid, and are worth giving a listen to. If you like your hardcore without all the breakdowns and clean vocals, and with a raw, hardcore punk spirit, Truer Living With A Youthful Vengeance is for you.

Rating: 7/10


  1. Worthless Will
  2. Voice Of Truth
  3. Wisdom Is Supreme
  4. Triumph And Truth
  5. Alpha
  6. Back To Life
  7. Demolish Strongholds
  8. Way Of The Wolf
  9. Dangerous Minds
  10. Sitting Back

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    1. I've been meaning to check them out. I've been looking for a new good hardcore band, and it sounds like this could be it. Thanks!

    2. Still need to get this album.