Think about 1997. Things were different. There was a band from Southern California called THROWDOWN and they delivered some truly devastating downtuned mosh metal that, at the time, I thought owed as much to German metalcore as to EARTH CRISIS. That band went on to become really popular and may or may not still seem relevant to someone...somewhere, even though they are like PANTERA-lite. But what about THROW DOWN? I mean - same time, same state, and you'd be hard pressed to draw a stylistic line between the two....except these Bay Area freaks likely didn't give a fat fukk about EARTH CRISIS because they were blasting locals like FORBIDDEN and EXODUS and also....well, PANTERA (see...the divide isn't so wide after all). You can't make this shit up, and you surely can't fake the vocals in tracks like "Let 'em Bleed" because it's either in your blood or it isn't. Six tracks here, spanning a solid half hour filled with riffs and intensity...the only question you have to ask yourself is: "Can I take this?"