"Something to Prove" (Victory; 1986)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

"Something To Prove" is New York City hardcore that includes more hard rock-like riffing than the average hardcore CD. Shutdown are not anything like the metalcore giants All Out War, but Shutdown avoid stereotypical hardcore patterns. Given the fact that hardcore is not exactly my favorite style of music it certainly helps that Shutdown can insert jagged rockin' riffs that flow with the band's otherwise expected hardcore sound.

Strained vocals, always a staple of hardcore's delivery, permeates "Few And Far Between." It doesn't matter whether or not the vocals are insisting for peace or decrying the hypocrisy of others the lyrics always have an underlying level of intelligence. The positive messages espoused by Shutdown are a welcome relief as well.

A cover or Warzone's "Don't Forget The Struggle, Don't Forget The Streets" is also included at no extra charge. 

"Something To Prove" was produced by Roger Miret (Agnostic Front, Madball, Rancid). 

Shutdown is Mark Scondotto on vocals, Stephen Della Croce on guitars, Dion De Nardo on bass, and Jimmy McCormack on drums.

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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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