Union Made Hard Grace

Hard Grace is the debut full-length from a relatively new Montreal-based hardcore act. I say "relatively new,” yet their members seem to have been playing together for over a decade in stylistically similar bands. Union Made are clearly the genetic imprint of the aggro-induced Fate 2 Hate and anti-fascist skinhead band, Street Troopers. Introductions dispensed with, this CD is banging! Every song is an absolute hammer and pretty much everything about this release smacks of originality, although the trained ear can pick up the influences of early hardcore bands in the Cro-Mags camp. Lyrically, they’ve got a lot to say about the state of the scene today. Without a doubt, Union Made have broken some serious ground with this release. Oh yeah, and hands-down it contains the most humorous hidden track, ever. (Insurgence)