Strife: Live at the Troubadour (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Recorded live at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on February 5th, 2005, this showcases the band at their most ferocious, with an equally energetic hometown crowd surging on all cylinders for the entire set. Featuring the original line-up playing songs spanning their Victory Records-released first three albums – 1994’s ‘One Truth’, 1997’s ‘In This Defiance’, and 2002’s ‘Angermeans’ – the forty-three-minute performance delivers eleven of the band’s most iconic tracks recorded to 24-track audio to accompany a five-camera DVD shoot. After a twelve year wait, the live album finally sees the light of day featuring fully mastered audio and video versions of the set. The audio was recorded by John St. James, mixed by Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Trapped Under Ice, Cavalera Conspiracy).

This is heavy metallic hardcore at its finest, and I can see why when they reformed in 2012 they asked Igor Cavalera to provide drums again (he also featured on ‘In This Defiance’ alongside the likes of Dino Cazares and Chino Moreno), as this music has a great deal in common with metal, far more than many of the hardcore bands around. There are many within that scene who want to sport tattoos and appeal to the kids, but this is grown-up hardcore which is hard, sweaty and very, very real. Singer Rick Rodney is living and breathing this, it is all about the music and his relationship with the crowd and one can feel the energy and pulsing mosh coming out of the speakers.

Available as CD-DVD or vinyl-DVD, this is music that cuts through the heart of all the created crap that is out there. It doesn’t get much more vital than this.

Rating: 8/10

Track list:
Waiting // Grey // Will to Die // Untitled // Rise Again // Angel Wings // Blistered // Lift // Through and Through // Force of Change // What Will Remain


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