BAND: Under 18 (Indonesia)
RELEASE: Keep The Faith (2016)
REVIEWER: Unite Asia
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Final Rating: 100/10
Indonesian youth crew hardcore band Under 18 are 19 years deep and have just released what will probably be their career defining full length entitled Keep The Faith. The record opens with a stomping instrumental before vocalist, Seeon, barks into the microphone harnessing the power and sound of legendary vocalists Raybeez and a little Roger Miret. When further prodded, Seeon stated, “We originally put the band together to cover Warzone songs! Raybeez lyrics are why we’re here and a lot of other 90’s youth crew bands as well.” The band proudly wears their influences throughout the music, lyrical content and vocal delivery. The record has 12 jams including a STELLAR Blitz cover of the song New Age! Wait til’ you hear it…it’s phenomenal! Under 18’s take on this classic number is completely flawless – it will certainly be a staple in their live set!
The production on this record is exactly how you would want a hardcore punk band to sound in 2016. This is not an over-produced, over-polished metal band passing for hardcore. This is an all out hardcore punk rock record steeped in the raw energy of a live show captured successfully onto disc. You can quite literally imagine kids stagediving and climbing over each other to get to the microphone as you roll through these tracks! The boys in the band (and Armstretch Records who are releasing it) should be proud of themselves and what they’ve been able to put out for the world to hear.
If you haven’t heard Asian hardcore before – this record is a good place to start.