SUPREME COMMANDER / ALIVE AT LAST: Split: CD

Jan 24, 2008

This full-length split CD from the New Jersey punk and hardcore scene presents Supreme Commander and Alive At Last as an antidote to the egos and attitudes of pretentious, posturing “false punk.” Supreme Commander claims the first six tracks with the kind of straightforward, no-nonsense hardcore that begs for a circle pit and lots of shouting-along. Alive At Last brings up the rear with six more tracks of we-mean-business hardcore, but fear not: their business is fun. The bands are well matched and the split is definitely worth the listen. –Sarah Shay

 –guest (Bishop19)

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