I am happy to bring you Forgotten Metal Friday from 35000 feet today. Funny enough, I’m flying back from San Francisco, the home of the first two entrants in Forgotten metal Friday. Since I’m heading back east, let’s give some love to my destination, New York.
Today, I’d like to talk about Syracuse metallers Earth Crisis. Actually, allow me to clarify: I’d like to mostly talk shit about Earth Crisis. Sorry guys.
Back in my early days, when I didn’t know the difference between Hardcore and Metal, Earth Crisis was the first band labeled “hardcore” that I remember purchasing. I wasn’t sure what I was in for.
What I was in for was a treat, to be honest. Most of the metal I had been turned on to at that point was more “well-composed”, was faster, was just … metal. Simple metal, if you will.
I picked up Gomorrah’s Season Ends with some hard-earned allowance and took it straight home to listen. Who was this guy just yelling “guh guh gah gah GAHHHHHH! BLAT BWAT AAAAAHHHHBABAHHHHHH!!!” What was he so angry about? What gave him such anger? Why did some of the riffs sound like impending knife-fights?
Fast forward several years, I threw Earth Crisis down the toilet when I found out they were angry about meat eaters, trees, and the like. They were my first encounter with the term Straight Edge. Which to this day I think is the stupidest thing on earth, and anyone who claims to be “straight edge” deserves a kick in the dick. It’s fine to not drink, etc. But to label yourself? That’s like me saying “I’m a binge drinker and that’s awesome”. It just doesn’t make sense. Shut up already. But, I digress …
Either way, I don’t think Earth Crisis is “hardcore” at all. Metalcore perhaps. Either way, I had a good time with it for a while, so it’s good to pay respects every now and then.