Withstand was a hardcore band from Troy, NY in the '90s who were fucking great. There have been numerous great bands from Upstate NY like One King Down, Stigmata, Section8 and so on... Withstand definitely belongs in that list too. Their mid-tempo mix of hardcore and metal with those typical '90s semi-spoken/semi-sung vocals is just great. I love this stuff. Here are their releases that I own. The 'Into My Own' 7" from 1993 starts off with an acoustic intro but then quickly shifts into their heavy mid-tempo style, with pounding riffs and great vocals. Side B continues with the same style of music but adds some interesting drums to the mix. A great first release for this band...
In 1995 the 'Light Of A New Day...' MCD was released on Trainwreck Records, whose next release would be One King Down's 'Absolve' MCD. This 4-song MCD rips from start to finish and includes the sick intro '11' for their track 'Wish You Were' (see also the video below). Bill Scoville (One King Down) played bass on both the 7" as well as this MCD even though they had another bass-player, Justin Markou (who also played in Bloodwar and Pushbutton Warfare), listed both times. Justin Markou died of an overdose in 2006, RIP.
Their '...And Anger Was A Warm Place To Hide' CD was released in 1997 on Fierce/Mayhem Records. All the tracks of the MCD were re-recorded for this album (apart from the intro, insanely enough). A solid album that is a bit more complex in places than their previous work. It contains some great new songs such as 'Eyes To Guide Them' and 'Years End' and but also an acoustic track called 'All Souls'. Great stuff from start to finish.
Their self-titled 7" from 1997 is a weird release. It has just 'The Guardian' and 'Fallen On Deaf Ears' from the full-length CD on it, same recordings and all... No clue what the idea was behind this 7" considering there's nothing here that's new or different or anything. That is also why I didn't rip the 7", just check the songs on the full-length. I did include scans of this release with the full-length download. My copy doesn't have an insert tho, not sure there was one to begin with.
If anybody could up some Withstand demo's or material not listed here, that would be awesome. I do have the 'Losing Face Compilation' released by Losing Face Records which has a Withstand track on it, but it's also 'The Guardian' from the full-length. I might post the comp at some point tho, since it's pretty good. They were also on another Update NY hardcore comp called 'United We Stand, Divided We Fall' which I don't have called unfortunately, if anybody could rip it that would be sweet!
As mentioned, bass-player Justin Markou would form Bloodwar (as guitarist) and also did time in Pushbutton Warfare, Withstand drummer Matt Fallon would join them after a while. I have no idea what the other members were up to after Withstand. Any info is appreciated.
Here's a great Withstand video from 1994, just look at the people going off to '11', the intro to 'With You Were' from their MCD, awesome stuff:
Withstand - Into My Own 7"
Withstand - Light Of A New Day... MCD
Withstand - ...And Anger Was A Warm Place To Hide CD (w/ scans of the s/t 7")
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