Pompano Beach, Florida-based metallic hardcore band Loyal Until Death release their latest full length Remain Defiant in July through 1732 Records.
The follow-up to their Two To The Chest-One To The Head EP slaps the world across the face with a huge dose of intense hardcore. With punishing guitar riffs, merciless lyrics, multiple vocal deliveries, and unhinged drums it is a cathartic listen. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Daniel Columbo at Iceman Studios in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and completed with artwork by Eliran Kantor.
The band say, “We were going for the biggest backfist of reality that we could possibly put down in words and be able to transpose the same feeling through the music. We started writing this record with one thing in mind, to brutally offend everyone with the truth. We wanted to the music to be punishing, relentless, and unforgiving.”
The eleven-song collection is set for release on colored vinyl LP, CD, and digital platforms on July 7th through 1732 Records, the label run by guitarist/vocalist Nakia Romero.
Formed in 2012 by guitarist/vocalist Nakia Romero, vocalist Greg Lebeau, and drummer Matt Johnson from the remains of the melodic Ft. Lauderdale hardcore band A New Belief, the trio had one focus in mind: to combine the old-school metal and hardcore elements of the bands they listened to growing up, blending fast-paced, punk beats, shredding guitar riffs, the likes of the old NYHC bands, to slow, heavy stomp down riffs in the veins of such bands like Crowbar.
They went into Simplekill Studios to record their first self-released EP Forgiveness Is For The Weak, which quickly caught the attention of the local hardcore and metal scenes. The band returned Simplekill Studios to record the Born of Violence full-length which was self-released in December 2013, in 2014 the band parted ways with drummer Matt Johnson and recruited Lance Martin. The band started immediately writing new material to feature the new drummer, and returned to Simplekill Studio again in 2015 to record the three-song Two To The Chest-One To The Head EP, which they self-released under their own 7th Avenue Records.
After a hiatus in 2015, the band begin writing their most mature, aggressive, and unapologetic piece of work yet. Remain Defiant was created as a big middle finger to the music scene, to society… to the world. The album was captured at Iceman Studios in Royal Palm Beach with maestro Daniel Columbo (Old Habits, Ether, Incited, Cinderblock, Bishop) at the helm, who captured the sound the band was looking for; gut-wrenching guitar tones, earth shattering drums. It was the missing link to take the band’s sound to the next level.
LOYAL UNTIL DEATH:
Greg Lebeau – vocals
Nakia Romero – guitar/vocals
Lance Martin – drums
There’s a lot of cussing on this album. If you are not fond of the overuse of the f or the mother-f word please avoid.
As to the sound Greg Lebeau feels like Nick Blinko on steroids, and it is interesting that the vocal phrasing comes close to hip-hop delivery in places, . They manage to deliver a massive sound without a bass player which is a testament to Romero and Martin’s musicianship. There is some bass on the album but it’s not clear who is playing it. It is a very angry record with multiple targets, eleven tracks in 31 minutes demonstrates the intent and form.
The album will be featured on Sonic Attack 217