The album opens with an oddly distorted guitar strike amongst vaious noised, then kicks into a full speed hardcore rocker, "Now More Than Ever". This is a song about staying true to yourself, and not compromising despite what people try to make you do. This same sentiment is made clear in "No Compromise". The title track "Few And Far Between" is a great track about people who stay true to the scene, and don't just play the role to look cool. As the song states, "by now we've shown we're here to stay, not just friends we're family, we're few and far between." This band has grown up in the hardcore scene, the people are their families, the clubs are their homes, and the ideals of the community are their laws. It's nice to see such conviction from kids who grew up in the hardcore scene and are now coming into adulthood. "Eyes Wide Open" is about looking out for yourself and not giving in to other people's ideas just to be given a path to take. The intellegence and personal strength of the lyrics are a nice compliment to the songs. As a tribute to their roots and their mentors, Shutdown closes the album with one of the greatest hardcore songs ever, Warzone's "Don't Forget The Struggle, Don't Forget The Streets," this is the greatest tribute a band can give to people who believed in them and helped them get better.
Shutdown has produced a great example of what years of hardwork and knowing your roots can give you. Learning the trade and keeping to the right ideals has helped make Shutdown a legitimate mainstay in the hardcore scene. As former Warzone lead vocalist, Raybeez(RIP) said, "This band is the future of hardcore." And from what this CD shows, the future is still very bright.
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