Released on June 21, 2005
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Orange County is more than sunny beaches and palm trees. Underneath the surface lies a slow-boiling tension between the haves and the have-nots. There's a hostility simmering within those who struggle to transcend, to become more, and to fight back against a social value system that has sold them short and offered them little in the way of true comfort, loyalty, or respect. It's a dissatisfaction that can't be pacified with life's material luxuries and one that refuses to remain unheard. And now that desire to fight back - an urgency that unites the dispossessed across racial, gender and geographical borders - has found a new soundtrack in "Vendetta," the blisteringly heavy new album from Throwdown. "Shut You Down," "Speak The Truth" and "Burn" are sure to become part of the band's well-established pit-invoking anthemic cannon the moment fans of 2003's breakthrough album "Haymaker" hear them spinning out of their CD players. Throwdown truly found their voice, both literally and figuratively, with "Haymaker." The songs on the band's Trustkill Records debut, most notably the MTV2 "Headbanger's Ball" staple "Forever," were the next logical step forward for the band, who rightly elected to elevate their status beyond "project" into a full-time touring machine.