Saturday, October 10, 2009

Next Step Up - Passive Aggression demo

One of the best known hardcore bands out of Baltimore, MD, is Next Step Up. If you're not familiar with NSU yet, expect tough, hard and heavy hardcore with gruff vocals. To me, Baltimore hardcore bands are exactly that, tough, hard and heavy. And in this case, really good. Gotta love it! Formed in 1991, Next Step Up released their first demo, called 'Passive Aggression', in 1992. There are about 400 copies in total, of which 15 came with a different cover, mine has the regular cover (source). This demo rules, plain and simple. If you already know NSU and haven't heard this demo, you will love it! Some of these songs would later be re-recorded for other releases.

Some bands that members have been in include Wake Up Cold, Hell To Pay, Together We Fall and boatloads more... Singer JR Glass and bassist Aaron Martinek have a new band called Bet The Devil, which is straight up metal but still awesome, do check them out if you haven't already!

Here's a video of NSU's classic track 'Fall From Grace' (from their album of the same name), awesome stuff!


Next Step Up - Passive Aggression demo
Next Step Up myspace

6 comments:

Fred said...

Hey dude, this is just awesome, NSU is one of my favorite band ever, you just made my day, this is like christmas in advance, thanks so much !!

Double A said...

Thanks for the post. How about posting that Philly Dust Krew comp? Thanks! There's also a NSU FaceBook page that I try to update regularly... http://band.to/nextstepup/

XemonerdX said...

Thanxx for the kind words, looking forward to Bet The Devil material! Sweet NSU page btw!

Philly Dust Krew is good request, awesome comp, I will try to post it after I get back from the States.

Anonymous said...

awesome post. i still have this on cassette. the songs they did on this tape never sounded better on some of their later releases though i did appreciate the new songs i really like the original rawer versions. the sound quality you got out of this is excellent. thanks.

Anonymous said...

can you re up this in zippyshare?
thanks

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped, enjoy!