It’s actually pretty tiresome to listen to people saying how fast the ‘00s flew away, as well as people saying that “1997 or 1999 seems like yesterday”. Should I remind you how fast people forgot or should I refresh the memories of those who never showed appreciation towards great releases unleashed all around the millennium, which strangely felt as distant during mis-90s as now, 17 years later. One of the aforementioned great releases is “Peace & Security” by Death Threat. Most of you may’ve become familiar with the band due to the fact that it was a side project of Hatebreed’s members. Well, at least you know them! Death Threat, despite the lack of originality in compositions, they featured this kind of quality that made their releases utterly interesting, especially their second album, on which we’ll elaborate in this article.
The band was formed at Connecticut in 1997. Aaron Butkus on vocals along with CJ Blunts on guitars were the two pillars co-founders of the act. After the release of “Peace & Security”, even though he left right after, CJ played an important part at the compositional process of the band’s songs for their future releases. The initial lineup featured Jamie ‘Pushbutton’ (Hatebreed) on drum duties and Larry dwyer Jr. on bass. This foursome, after an extended tour besides great acts of the scene, such as Blood For Blood, Vision of Disaster, Agnostic Front and Hatebreed, was established as a top band in the northeastern states of America. Just when things seemed to work out greatly for those guys, changes begun coming one after another. At first, Jamie and Larry abandoned the band, with Butkus substituting them with Bill Ross on drums and Steve Theo on bass. Another extended tour followed in USA along with bands like Ringworm, Godbelow and The Hoods. One last tour with Buried Alive followed before end-of-the-art titles had begun to drop towards conquering of the top. CJ’s departure led Butkus to turn to Sean Martin of Hatebreed who helped them finish their tour. Wes Fortier (Crown Of Kings, ex-Disowned), a long-time friend of Steve, joined the band after learning the songs and with him in their ranks they went on the road again. The band went to Europe to sponsor the infamous Agnostic Front and The Distillers Unity Tour. Death Threat, was now left with the ¾ of its lineup changed. Despite this kickback, the band released ‘For God and Government’ in 2002, the split release ‘Over My Dead Body’ in 2003 and lastly “Now Here Fast” in 2004.
Musically speaking, those of you who dig hardcore punk that’s not afraid to stare vigorously in the eye the genre’s metal heritage along with the relationship of those two, will sure find something to love. Their main difference with Hatebreed – who make me consider them as an adolescent band due to Jasta (like the alter ego of Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho) is that Death Threat sound more mature and more dangerous. It may be caused partly by the more streamlined approach of the composition of tracks that do not seem to try to incorporate the zillion metal elements in itself. More generally, Hatebreed opened up the Cockpit to create a bunch of average bands that simply put unnecessary breakdowns into thrash tracks or adding solos into hardcore songs thus baptizing this genre as metalcore. What we’re dealing with here is a pure 90’s Hardcore bomb, produced by James Seigal (Dropkick Murphy’s, Blood For Blood), and a great performance by Aaron Knuckles, reminiscent of Freddy Cricien from Madball. Generally speaking, the genre owes much to the New Yorkers. They will remind you of Blood for Blood; perhaps 100 Demons as well. Steve Karp connect the last two, who at the same time was planning the merchandise for the two bands while there is a common course of the two bands if you think about it a bit more. Both had to get higher but failed to do so.