If you’re down with the bounce and groove of NYHC staples like Madball, then Indian hardcore band RAID is fully your jam. The band may be new to you, but they literally just dropped their THIRD full-length. Yeah, you read that right – THIRD. The record is called ‘Defiance’ and it’s streaming in all its glory further below.
On this release, the band fully embraces their roots but pleasantly expands on their more metallic side which you hear quickly on the record. The second track ‘Shattered Beliefs’, which is an instant stand out to us, showcases the band going beyond the parameters of that NYHC sound they’re more known for. The band even delves into rapcore territory on the song I Against I – (we wonder if this title/song is an homage to Bad Brains?).
The band actually released a cool little track by track write-up on their socials which we’ve copied and pasted below:
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice, and integrity.
When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to “give their word.” They do not have to “promise.”
Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have courage. It is living life completely, fully and wonderfully.
Through intense training and hard work, the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow man at every opportunity.
I AGAINST I
Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out is a reflection of whom they really are.
Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything they have said, and all the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care.
FROM THE ASHES
True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are courteous even to their enemies. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others.
Here’s a link to all the different versions of the record you can pick up – HERE.