The Search: 1985-1989
(Revelation Records)
Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1
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As the title implies, "The Search" is a compilation of Bold's work from 1985-1989, featuring previously released tracks, and a few unreleased bonuses. Bold were one of the many bands to come out of hardcore's straight-edge movement in the eighty's, and were regulars at CBGB's hardcore matinees. This album is solid old school hardcore. Musically, it's not groundbreaking, but hardcore never really was about breaking ground. It was all about getting out and having a good time at the show. The sound on this album is very melodic, and you easily fell yourself pulled into the song, which is what made bands like this great live. The lyrics are also typical for hardcore, concerning struggle, betrayal, and strength, and are sung in a voice very similar to Toby Morse from H2O. "Running Like Thieves," "Always Try," and "Respect" are some of the stand-out tracks on this album. Overall, if you are a fan of hardcore, you can not go wrong with owning this album. If you are new to hardcore, and wanna see what the real stuff was like back in the day, this is a great place to start. -- Bill Schneider