RIYL: TERROR, MADBALL & HATEBREED
With the release of Undisputed, the bands third full length, LIONHEART prove they aren’t just a passing trend. Staying true to the roots and foundations of hardcore, Undisputed delivers a barrage of unforgiving and punishing breakdowns and real life lyrics. Not deterring to far from 2011′s Built On Struggle, LIONHEART did add a little more rhythm among all the chaos, which adds to the bands validity as a true hardcore force to be reckoned with. The biggest notable change is that the production sounds and ‘feels cleaner’ than on previous records. This does NOT make them sell outs or anything close to it. In the world of hardcore, bad production can make or break a band so for the LIONHEART boys to release this monster of an album and have every nuance be clear for the listener to enjoy is a breath of fresh air. Lyrically the band still kicks into high gear about staying true to ones self and doing things on your own in the face of adversity. Are these original thoughts or ideas? No. They are, however, still relevant and meaningful for the true fans of hardcore that love to know they aren’t alone in feeling this way from time to time. LIONHEART have begun to make a name for themselves, Undisputed puts them on the verge of greatness. -by Jon Hole
Recommended listening: ‘By Any Means’, ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ & ‘Letting Go’
Production credits: Recorded and produced by Matt Hyde and Nick Jett (Terror/S.O.S.)
Release date: April 24, 2012
In conclusion…LIONHEART are here to prove that real hardcore is not dead. Undisputed easily puts them in league with the bands that made this genre so great.