Meridian - The Awful Truth

by Johnny Hardcore

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It is good to know and very refreshing to see that some of the up and coming new bands that are hitting the "alternative hardcore" scene actually GET IT. In wake of the eruption of bands like Sleeping with Sirens and Asking Alexandria a lot of copy cat bands have tried to slide into being heard but few do. It's only the bands that have true passion for what they do that will be successful. And Meridian most definitely is a band that eats, breathes and sleeps with their music.

I think the reason this band sets itself apart - besides their music being really good…these guys are all under the age of 21. Very young and with nothing to lose, they play with complete reckless abandonment. And I mean that in a beautiful way.

These five guys from Poughkeepsie, NY - David Mitchell - Vocals, Chris Evanko - Guitar/Vocals, Chris Titer- Bass, Ronnie Scocozza - Drums and Juan Espinoza on Lead Guitar lay it down better than many seasoned vets I have heard in my day. They are getting ready to release their debut full length album on Victory Records entitled The Awful Truth and I was given the opportunity to listen to and review the album before its September 2nd, 2014 release.

First off thank you Victory Records for giving me the opportunity to give it a listen. I felt privileged to hear it before the general public. I look forward to seeing how this album is received out there. But as far as I am concerned the general public better be ready for these guys.

I've listen to all 12 tracks at least 5x and I can't find any low points or weakness anywhere. The intro song "Gloom" is just awesome and it leads seamlessly into the next song, "Everything That Kept Me Going".

David Mitchell's vocals are outstanding across the board on the album - he show's immense range and with the painful / angry lyrics he sings layered onto the all out assault the guitarists Espinoza & Evanko put on the table the album just drives itself.

The Rhythm section of Titer & Scocozza on bass and drums respectively isn't at all in the back ground either. Titer on bass is only 17….yes I said 17 and does one heck of a job hanging in there with Scocozza's over the top drumming.

This album is a MUST listen. My favorite track on the record is track #4, "Waves". As it showcases the melodic to how monstrous this band can be. But there are many songs on the record that beat on the eardrums in a great way. Songs like "Clarity", "Piece of Mind" and "Wait For Me" are all note worthy.

As mentioned before this is a must listen - And as far as this critic is concerned a must for the library. I give this album 3.5 stars out of 5 on the Johnny Hardcore scale. Remember - Rock n Roll is like a cockroach…You can put it in the microwave for 10 minutes and it still won't die.

You can get a copy of the album here.

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