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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
As Friends Rust
Won
Doghouse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Ever since my very first encounter with this band, I have loved them. Almost every single aspect of the bands music is completely to my liking. The intelligent lyrics, the solid sound, the whole melodic hardcore deal that is done in a similar way as Avail does it, but yet has a sound that is very much there own.

Damien, the lead singer of As Friends Rust, has been known in the hardcore scene for a good amount of time. He was the lead singer of the popular Gainesville hardcore band Culture, and after that As Friends Rust got together and wrote some songs and recorded them. Those songs are now known as The Fists of Time EP, which in my opinion is one of the best EP's of all time and captures this band talent at its best. The follow up EP was a self titled one that is a decent follow up but nowhere near as good as the first one. Somewhere during the existence of this band they released a split with Discount, the female fronted punk band from Gainesville. They also released different versions of each EP with additional material. After about a year or two of this I begin to wonder when the hell they were going to put out a full length. Well, all of a sudden there it was in my mailbox. How pleasant.

As Friends Rust have apparently been through some line up changes. For the better? I can't decide yet. But its definitely not a bad thing. The change has added a softer more emotional side to the band, with the new members singing a good bit in the songs but not taking away from Damien's aggressive lead vocals. The majority of the chorus' are sung by the new members, adding a more melodic side of hardcore to it, not unlike Avail or Hot Water Music. The songs go back and forth from aggressive to melodic and mesh together well. Damien and the rest of As Friends Rust have left me speechless many times due to their lyrics and their solid, consistent way of getting a point across to the listener.

I saw As Friends Rust at Krazyfest in Louisville, KY in 2000. I was disappointed at how little people were actually watching, and few people seemed to have any idea who As Friends Rust were. The Fists of Time has numerous cameo's by members of other Gainesville, FL bands which make up the majority of the back-up vocals. So of course when I saw them live they couldn't pull off all of the back-ups, and to boot they seemed nervous and the crowd wasn't giving a great reaction to the music. Also, Krazyfest was huge and any band in there right mind would be somewhat nervous unless they were already well known and used to playing shows to thousands of people.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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