The life's blood of the NYHC scene - musically - was not only the influx of bands from a new breed of Hardcore/Punk kids, but the unfortunate fact of bands from the previous era breaking up. If you were lucky enough you got to see your favorite Hardcore band play a handful of shows and snatch up their 7 inch vinyl or cassette demo - if they even got that far - Though it sucked royally to see great bands go, you couldn't argue with the mathematics. For every one band that folded, at the very least 2 sometimes even 3 new bands would be formed from its demise. Bands like BEYOND, their disbandment would in-turn give the NYHC scene two of the most progressive and game changing bands - QUICKSAND (whom Tom Capone and Alan Cage joined) and INSIDE OUT (formed by Vic DiCara). Ex-members of YOUTH OF TODAY would start influential bands such as: UNDERDOG, JUDGE, BOLD and SHELTER. In hind insight not a bad deal.
As the last grain of sand dropped for the NYHC outfit BURN, two very distinct bands came to the center. The am-rep. inspired DIE116 formed by Gavin Van Vlack with members of RORSCHACH and ORANGE 9mm, fronted by Chaka Malik.
Featuring Chris Traynor on guitar and Larry Gorman on drums - both ex members of the Long Island based outfit FOUNTAINHEAD - with latter BURN member Eric Rice on bass. This original line up would see an Ep release on Revelation Records. Exploring a sound based on guitar riffs with a monolithic attitude - due to a dropped D tuning - though not devoided of melody, which is executed in further detail by Chaka Malik.
Showing a very distinct range and style, the vocals steer the music confidently as Chaka Malik gives the songs a particular kind of depth with his Soul/Gospel tone and Punk angst growl.
ORANGE 9mm - with regards to this record at least - do not have a Hip Hop sound but they do put into practice it's musical aesthetic. By isolating and utilizing what would be considered a 'break' part and using it for the basis of a songs totality, the band musically trims the fat as heard on the albums second track 'Cutting and Draining' a high point on this Ep.
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1994

Rock / Hardcore

Rites Of Spring
All Through A Life

The Effigies
We're Da Machine

Some Girls (3)
Heaven's Pregnant Teens

The Ghost Inside
Dear Youth

Stupids
The Peel Sessions

All People (2)
Communicate

Code Orange Kids
Love Is Love // Return To Dust

Stickdog
Human

Crumb (4)
Bi-functional

Some Girls (3)
The Rains