The first thing that popped into my head while listening to Guns Up! and their record Outlive was, “I bet they guys are from Boston or somewhere in New England. Stereotypical, I know, but dead on since the band does indeed call Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire home. At least they did until they broke up. Never you mind though. Guns Up! left us with Outlive; a quick but powerful little piece of Madball meets In My Eyes tough guy East Coast hardcore. You know, 4/4 stuff that speeds up, breaks down, and then back; all while managing to teeter on the edge of a groove and avoid most noticeable melody. The riffage is predictable without being generic and everything just sorta works. Not ground breaking but I’d be willing to bet that this is a perfect soundtrack for deadlifting, squatting, and bench pressing. I may just have to test that on out later tonight.
MP3 | Guns Up! – Life’s Ill Outlive
MP3 | Guns Up! – To An End Outlive