BANDS: Thinking Straight | Final Attack
RELEASES: Thinking Straight – An Old Factory | Final Attack – From Dust and Ashes
REVIEWER: Riz Farooqi of King Ly Chee
FIND MORE INFO HERE:
Final Attack: https://www.facebook.com/FinalAttackJHC/?fref=ts
Thinking Straight: https://www.facebook.com/THINKING-STRAIGHT-144793374915/?fref=ts
Final Rating: 10/10
Thinking Straight‘s release An Old Factory is an old-school slab of hardcore punk rock. As I was listening to it – over and over may I add – the sounds and power of early Comeback Kid came to mind immediately. (You know records like Turn It Around and Wake the Dead – the best releases they put out). The music is fast, pissed and chalk full of that late 90’s early 2000’s youthcrew mixed with heavy emotion type of hardcore. The recording is nice and raw but not to the point where all the minute details of music like this can’t be heard. Great production for a sound like this.
For me personally – this is the type that’s been missing in contemporary Asian hardcore of late. This album has 8 tracks of some of the best emotionally charged hardcore you will hear this year – HIGHLY FUCKING RECOMMENDED!
Check it out below and buy it on their bandcamp now:
My buddies in Final Attack are homies. My boy Indra, guitarist in this band, is someone I often bounce ideas or thoughts with through whatsapp or through general Facebook banter. Their newest vocalist Bagoes also sang on a King Ly Chee track entitled Unite Asia earlier this year throwing his unique vocal styling on that track.
My concern when I first learned that Final Attack had replaced their singer was how the new “guy” was going to match up to the sound and power of the earlier singer. But dude, as soon as you press play on this beast of a NYHC-Leeway-inspired release from Indonesia, you can throw all that concern out the window. This band has come back firing on all cylinders on this release with the only fault being that the record is too short – you WANT more.
Heavy on the Leeway-tip, they present a very groove-oriented piece of the hardcore pie. The music is riff heavy and metallic sounding, but it’s the awesome vocals and his style of singing that remind the listener that this indeed is hardcore done exceptionally well on the mean streets of an Asian powerhouse city – Jakarta.
Jakarta hardcore should be proud as fuck with this release. It stands up there as one of the most solid releases from Asia.
Listen to the crushing hardcore below and make SURE to buy this: