We saw the resurrection of Crucified via a release that burned through an archival of their final session and exemplified a power like an army of zombies ripping out of a grave. And then comes Brotherhood, another iconic hardcore band that is getting its just due thanks to Southern Lord Recordings. If you are familiar with Christ on a Crutch, Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, Resolution, Digh Down, Burning Witch, Engine Kid, Sunn O))) and Goatsnake, you should be aware of Brotherhood because all of these bands had roots in Brotherhood.
Collected from the group’s demos and seven inches, Till Death is the anthology that will make any hardcore fan giddy.
“The Deal” is the poster child for hardcore. Northwest straight-edge nonconformity and diligent speed, pit action is immediate to form when this band wastes no time getting to the heart of their hardcore fuel. “Stolen Mind” starts like a calvary march into battle, a guitar call-to-arms. It’s everything that Angry Samoans, Fugazi and Crucial Youth was and a reminder just how solid that scene was.
What impresses me is that these songs show that the demos and seven inches were not just really well preserved but really good in the first place. “These Things” is monstrous. “No Tolerance (For Ignorance) beholds the fury of pure hardcore fundamentalism: no control, no bullshit, and no filler. And “Get Involved” is their call to action. It’s what this band did in the first place and a testament to the hardcore scene now standing like a monument.
I would consider Till Death to be one of the Top 50 most essential hardcore albums to own.