Liberteer - Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees

This is a ferocious anarcho grindcore project brought to life by Matthew Widener (Cretin, Citizen). Liberteer are bandied as the ‘soundtrack to the populace casting off the chains of state, church and economic oppression’.

The 17 tracks on the album are all short, ranging from 30 seconds to 3 and a half minutes long. The songs run through into each other, so there is no real stop in the album. The vocals are growly and deep, and can be understood. The instrumental is fast, hard and sharp, with the squeal of the guitar making itself known amongst the clash of cymbals as the album progresses.

This is completely different from anything I’ve heard recently, and this debut from the one man band of Matthew works surprisingly well. The genre chops and changes, from the darker and harder to the lighter and more epic, and it’s nice to hear innovation instead of repetition.  There’s not much I can say about this album, except the disjointed ordering suits the genre being worked in perfectly. This needs to be heard to be believed.

  1. The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer
  2. Build No System
  3. Without Blazon (It Is The Flag I Hold Up And Do Not Wag)
  4. We Are Not Afraid Of Ruins
  5. Class War Never Meant More Than It Does Now 
  6. Rise Like Lions After Slumber
  7. That Which Is Given Not Taken 
  8. Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees
  9. Usurious Epitaph
  10. Revolution’s Wick Burning Quick
  11. 99 To 1
  12. Sweat For Blood
  13. Barbarians At The Gate
  14. When We Can’t Dream Any Longer
  15. It Is The Secret Curse Of Power That It Becomes Fatal
  16. I Am Spartacus
  17. Feast Of Industry

Reviewer: twansibon
Jan 30, 2012
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