Blade has a significant meaning in and vision on nowadays Hardcore which I will try to elaborate in this article. This write-up begins with a review of their newest record and ends with an earlier recorded 7 inch release. There are also has some discography details.
BLADE obviously takes influences from 90’s metalcore. You can hear that from first listen. Although it needs to be said that it’s definitely not repetitive or similar sounding to the bands the are inspired by. I hear a lot of All Out War heavy hitting riffs in their sound for example, maybe some Morning Again metal-melody but definitely also Congress and Earth Crisis sounds are involved. Not that it’s a reincarnation of the H8000-area sound somewhere else in Belgium (Limburg), definitely not. They do it right and with this I mean they continue to set an updated trend of that metallic hardcore that emerged in the 90’s with Integrity and Ringworm up to this very day in 2013.
They just released their newest recordings (recorded this winter), under the name “Armed With Abstinence”. That you can buy a download or hard copy CD from on several places. Support real hardcore, music and bands by getting a legal copy!
They already had three titles released before this: respectively a demo CD-r, a split 10 Inch and a 7 Inch.
So consequently they gave these exact same songs a decent release later on a 10 Inch split vinyl with Goldust shortly after in the same year 2007. The 10 Inch vinyl exists in two versions; black (/100) and colored vinyl (/400) in a gatefold sleeve. You can listen to these tracks here. The label that released this is BreakxOut Records from Hamburg in Germany. You can still order this from some distro’s, even on colored vinyl. I see them for sale at Good Life webstore and Demons Run Amok distribution on eBay.
|BLADE “Lambs To The Slaughter” 7 inch|
And they aren’t shy in saying they are Straight-edge too. Straight-edge pride and ethics in their song-texts. The fact that they are still straight-edge combined with this style of music is a real powerful message as it truly was and should remain up to this day. Thanks Blade!