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"When 20 Summers Pass" (Victory Records) reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter
"When 20 Summers Pass" (Victory Records) reviewed by Snidermann

"When 20 Summers Pass" (Victory Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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As the originators of krishnacore Shelter are looked up to as the de facto example of what the genre should sound like. Shelter's sixth CD "When 20 Summers Pass" is more evidence of the band's high standing in the hardcore community.

"When 20 Summers Pass" straddles the very blurry line where hardcore incorporates elements of punk and power pop. "When 20 Summers Pass" is filled with melodic tracks that never lose hardcore immediacy yet forgoes screaming and negativism as means of communication. What I like best about Shelter are the uplifting, melodic vocals. Another neat aspect of the songs is the inclusion of rock-oriented intros before the tracks blast into hardcore nirvana. 

While listening to "When 20 Summers Pass" I got the feeling of undiluted purity and honesty in the band's music. Generally speaking, krishnacore favors a wholesome way of life and this is evident in the good mood and spirited delivery of the twelve tracks. Some of the highlights of "When 20 Summers Pass" are "In The Van Again," "Don't Walk Away," "If There's Only Today," and "Crushing Someone You Love." 

This is one hardcore record that I wouldn't mind listening to again. 

Shelter is Ray Cappo on vocals, Graham Land on bass, Alex Garcia-Rivera on drums, and Porcell on guitar. Cappo and Porcell played together in the seminal hardcore band Youth Of Today back in the '80s. 

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"When 20 Summers Pass" (Victory Records)

Reviewed by Snidermann

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Shelter is nothing fancy, no bullshit, straight forward, hardcore/punk music that is simply a joy to listen to. As I spin Shelter, I say to myself what distinguishes this music from the rest, in a word; heart. Shelter's powerful presentation is flawless and inspired. It's hardcore with a melodic edge that gives it a hard-driving punk feel. An ass-kicking of a CD.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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