For the most part, if a band is obscure and unpopular, it’s because they were shitty and nobody liked them. But every so often, there are those forgotten bands who slipped through the cracks because they cared more about their music than self-promotion, and should have been 100 times bigger than they were. Such is the case with one of my favorite NYHC bands, IRATE.
I fucking love when bands do the ‘melodic intro into brutal mosh part’ thing, ala Crown of Thornz “Juggernaut”
I really don’t know anything about these guys except that they were from the Bronx, apparently don’t exist anymore, and only released one full-length called “NY Metal” before quietly disappearing. That they came and went so quickly is a bummer, because “NY Metal” is seriously one of the best NYHC records in the history of the genre– I put it right up there with Merauder “Master Killer”, Crown Of Thornz “Trainyard Blues” and All Out War “Truth In The Age Of Lies” when it comes to brutal, danceable, yet also somewhat melodic and progressive metalcore.
Few bands can pull off a slow jam, but “I Remember” gets me every time. Really sad lyrics about seeing his father die slowly from illness.
For any of you metal fans, the thing that sets Irate apart in my eyes is that they really are metal as fuck- I’ve never read an interview with them or anything, so I don’t know exactly what their influences are, but these are not guys who started listening to At The Gates two years ago.
“Shattered Dreams” wouldn’t be too out of place on the first three Sepultura albums
They can play their instruments about a thousand times better than your typical generic breakdown band, and although they’re obviously a “hardcore” band, the truth is that they sound more like early Sepultura, Sodom, or Kreator than they do Youth of Today, even down to the super crunchy, Dimebag-style tone and Jackson/Ibanez guitars.
The classic video for “Vendetta”! I actually don’t think it’s one of their better songs, but the video fucking rules, and this post wouldn’t be complete without it.
Again, I have no idea what happened to these guys or if they are in any new bands, but if you are into ignorant, brutal NYHC, you owe it to yourself to study “NY Metal” like it’s your bible. It’s a staple of my gym playlists, and really should be counted among the top 10 NYHC releases of all time IMO.