Die Young (TX) - Chosen Path

Since 2002, Houston-based Hardcore band, Die Young released around 10 bursts of metallic crunch concluding with 2008's “Loss” EP and what was more or less, the equivalent of a “Best Of” album, “Through The Valleys In Between”. The band went on hiatus in 2009 and played their last show that October much to the dismay of their legion of fans around the world. However, in October of 2013 the band announced that they were back. “Chosen Path” is a triumphant return indeed, in spite of the long absence, Die Young has not missed a step.
The EP's opener, “Enter” starts with an ominous acoustic guitar riff, culminating into a slow, heavy groove that brings to mind the early 90s Hardcore that my inner 15 year old finds absolutely irresistible.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'll be blasting stuff like this into my 80s.

Next is the “title track”, a 2 and a half minute blast of Thrash Metal riffing, classic Hardcore breakdowns and even a couple tasty guitar solos in the mix. So far I'm really enjoying how this is shaping up. Vocalist, “White Devil”, sounds like anger personified, a perfect compliment to the punch-a-stranger-in-the-face riffing on display here. There is no sign of easing off on the next song “Conditioned” either, 90 seconds of brutality, just how I like it. Perhaps it is this same unrelenting ferocity that has seen Die Young “held suspect” in Malaysia, banned from Canada (twice) and denied entrance into Romania; surely they sound absolutely terrifying to those unfamiliar with the metallic arts.

“Incremental Gains” starts with a crunchy, “open up this fuckin pit” riff before breaking down during the verse, firing up the circle pit in the latter half of the song and transitioning into a chugging metal riff to wrap it all up in a nice big, angry bow. Again, this is over the course of about 90 seconds. The next track, “Rite of Passage” is almost full-on Thrash Metal at times, go ahead and try not to circle pit in your living room. Good luck with that. The EP's closer “Return to the Earth” wraps things up quite nicely with more mosh-worthy riffing and another brief solo for good measure. Over the course of these 6 tracks, not much changes, but this isn't a bad thing in this case. Sometimes it's slow, heavy and somewhat groove-laden, at other times it's blazing fast and certain to incite frenzied moshing. Honestly, what more do you what from a Hardcore EP, a 30-piece orchestra?

Whether you've completely missed out on this band so far or are a die-hard fan, or just heard that one song on that Tony Hawk game, you should definitely get yourself acquainted with Die Young. One part late 80s/early 90s Hardcore, one part Thrash Metal and one great big, heaping portion of pissed off.

Check them out on their Bandcamp page.

UPDATE: This EP is now available for streaming over at Toxicbreed's Funhouse. You can also visit Headfirst Records to pre-order the 7".

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