Hardly worth mentioning
D. K. Malone | earth | 11/22/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Bonds of Friendship was released back in 1988 or '89. There was a pretty hopping straight edge scene in OC at that time. I myself had fallen out of the SE way of life by then, but I still kept a close eye and ear on the scene. I was writing for a fanzine at the time and I reviewed this album; I panned it for being exceedingly generic, uninspired, bland, boring, etc. It was as if they'd read a text book titled "How To Be A Straight Edge Hardcore Band" and did everything the book told them to do, but didn't bother to even attempt to come up with any fresh ideas on their own. They did nothing but regurgitate what tons of bands had done and said before, and they couldn't even make it the least bit interesting. Worst of all, they were sickeningly positive to a fault... completely ineffectual and without any "edge" at all. To say they played it safe and pandered to the scene is a gross understatement. A while later I saw an interview with the lead singer "Kevinsted" where my review was brought up and Kevin claimed it was invalid, since straight edge "isn't [that fanzine's] thing." I've always wanted to respond publicly that straight edge WAS my thing at the time, and I knew what I was talking about. Might as well do it here, 15 years late or not.
To see examples of bands who played the mid to late '80s So Cal Straight Edge scene and brought something new to the table, look for records by bands like Half Off, Visual Discrimation, Inside Out, Virulence, Excel etc. Hell, even Uniform Choice's 2nd album is more worthwhile than this."
Good hardcore music
cam dunn | salt lake city, ut | 11/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is one of the better hardcore with melodic melodies. i used to listen to this album while skating down colfax ave in denver, co, on my way to work in 1994 and it always put me in a happy mood. full of positive energy."