Troy, New York based Wartime Manner isn’t your typical tough guy hardcore band, but they deliver spectacular variety of styles under hardcore in their music. First off you’ll hear some downright heavy, metallic hardcore, but it’s backed with lots of tempo changes, solos, chugging old school beatdown riffs, hip-hop influences and “clean” vocals too, so this is definitely NOT your average metallic hardcore band. When i first listened this “Demo 1987”, that i got from my awesome Danish friend, Henrik of Those Who Fear Tomorrow (a.ka. Bring Honor Or Walk Away), i was blown away right at the first listen. You can think of Neglect, Stigmata,Fahrenheit 451, Elements DEC, E-Town Concrete, Two By Four, Second To None and similarity also to early Hatebreed, but with more groove and sense of amazingly creative songwriting, thing that’s not very usually present at least nowdays, in hardcore music. There’s very Krutch -like vocal arrangements too to be heard, but it might be also that Wartime Manner’s vocalist sounds a little bit like Karl Krutch time to time. Even it’s crazy that if this demo was released already back in 1987, most of the bands i’m comparing WTM, weren’t even started, still there’s very little information to be found on this band and that’s why it’s kinda unclear if these tracks that are presented here as Demo 1987, really are appearing only on this release, because the only official release, i know of, they have done is that Split 7″ with Two By Four and i’m pretty sure they were featured on couple compilations like; Capital Punishment Comp and We The People Compilation, but i haven’t had luck on finding either of those comps anywehere earlier.
So with some serious information digging and random links at Bridge 9 board, i actually found out quite a bit more about Wartime Manner and many other Troy-core related bands, including information that this release i’ve spoke about as; Demo 1987, is not really their demo, but Wartime Manner’s full-length called, Scorched Earth Policy. I have no idea when the record came out or who release it, but this being really a cd, kinda explains the many number of tracks on “the demo” and quite good quality of sounds too. I hadn’t heard about this full-length ever before, i was just listening to the tracks i had thinking it as one hell of demo. It’s still partly shrouded in mystery what WTM all in all released during their existence, but i’m sure that majority of tracks from Two By Four -Split 7″ and compilation tracks, are also found in Demo 1987 a.k.a. Scorched Earth Policy Cd. Members of this band later played in many Troy area bands such as previously mentioned Stigmata, Dying Breed,Wasteform, Dead And Dying and many others. I can’t adress it enough how really good stuff this is, so if you haven’t heard of this band ever before, listen this album and be ready to be blown away.
I’m sure there’s peopel who have better idea if this band did anything else and that’s why i’d love to hear from any of you who possibly were involved with the band or knew them back in the days when Wartime Manner was active.
Due having no information or permissions on anyone relating the band, i’ve deleted the link. You can check out many W2M tracks in their Myspace, that’s still working.