NO INNOCENT VICTIM


"Flesh and Blood" (Victory Records; 1999)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

No Innocent Victim is a Christian hardcore from San Diego; with "Flesh And Blood" the band establishes themselves as a strong West Coast band yet having gained notice (notoriety perhaps?) for bringing the East Coast hardcore sound to the California hardcore scene.  

The blistering hardcore of the title track reminds the listener of the power of hardcore's essence. Near-funky riffs are added ("C.E.B.," "Never Face Defeat," and "Whitewashed Tomb" come to mind) that are not too far from late '90s metal riffage. Traditional hardcore riffs can be heard in "Answer To No One," "As I Fight," and "Death Grip." 

The lyrics are explicitly Christian in nature. However, the underlying themes that are present in No Innocent Victim's lyrics are common to the hardcore scene - unity, power of self, strength in convictions, accountability, and freedom of thought and expression. The positively affirming themes expressed here are a reminder of music's ability to convey worthwhile messages. 

The twelve tracks clock in at just over 24 minutes. There is nary a wasted moment as these quick and snappy tunes get right to the point lyrically and leave no wasted space in the music. 

Hardcore isn't necessarily my thing, but No Innocent Victim is a solid band that is providing the scene with a positive kick in the ass. 

"Flesh And Blood" was produced by Barry Poynter (Soak, Living Sacrifice) and No Innocent Victim.  No Innocent Victim is Kyle Fisher on bass, Jason Woody on vocals, Corey Edelmann on guitar, and Jason Dunn on drums. 

For more information visit the band's official website at http://www.noinnocentvictim.com and see for yourself the positive message No Innocent Victim carry to the masses.


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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