A literal representative of the maxim "Hardcore is dead, long live
hardcore" has arisen with pseudo-newcomer Advent. Out of the ashes of the
defunct Beloved, comes the North Carolina five-piece with what might be
considered a metamorphosis of what Beloved started. Remove The Earth is a
super hard groove-driven head knocker sans compromise, and delivered without
deviation from the typical formula. Hence, "Hardcore is dead, long live
hardcore." Each time the scene seems full to the brim, with no more room
for another similar act, a band manages to emerge that does the same job
everyone else is doing, but they do it well enough to stand out.
By no means is Advent breaking barriers or pushing limits. But that's
not to say they're spitting into the wind either. Remove The Earth has a lot to
offer. Guitar-work smokes on the album, and brains will definitely be
thrashed against the insides of skulls, to say the least. What they do,
they do right, and the appealing hardness, solid grooves, and overall
slam-factor put these guys in the category of best hardcore album of the
year, even this early on.
Highlights include, but are not limited to, "Eulogy," a three minute
thrasher with a jarring breakdown, "Blackout," the album opener which blisters
from start to finish, and "Hanging The Giants." Advent really has some
What sets them apart from most other acts out there is difficult to say
succinctly, you have to hear for yourself. Sometimes a band just grasps
what hardcore is about and understands what they're trying to do as an
ensemble, and they do it effortlessly. Other times, there is a
heavy-handedness to the music, like a forced intent to make it sound
hardcore instead of for it to just be hardcore in its essence. Advent
simply has that musical instinct, and in a way, the musical humility to simply be
what they are without trying to push to be more. Remove The Earth is a
collection of hardcore songs. I hesitate to say 'album' because the songs
don't have that start-to-finish closure an album usually has. They are all
pretty much the same as far as length, content, intensity and composition.
If the record has one major weakness, it lies in its lack of flow.
Other than that, the real achievement I'd like to see a band like this
have for them is to stick around for more than three records. The scene is
notorious for bands coalescing, succeeding and then breaking off into side
projects. Advent is well worth a listen, in fact, if you consider yourself
a fan of this kind of music, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to ignore
Remove The Earth.
- Review date: 2/11/08, written by Sean Lex