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First Step

What We Know

Rivalry 18

Released on May 23, 2006


The urgency and intensity of YOUTH OF TODAY, the positive delivery of INSTED, and a strongly rooted foundation in old D.C. and Orange County hardcore - THE FIRST STEP's first official full length release, What We Know, picks up where they left off on the Open Hearts and Clear Minds EP, meanwhile adding some new flavor to their sound along the way. Produced by Walter Schreifels (GORILLA BISCUITS, YOUTH OF TODAY, QUICKSAND, RIVAL SCHOOLS), the album explodes with speed and a blistering vocal delivery, delivering much of what we've come to expect from THE FIRST STEP: honest, thought-provoking hardcore. Though this time around, there's something new in the mix. Whether it's a Dischord-esque guitar riff reminiscent of MINOR THREAT, a bouncing rhythm ala BAD BRAINS, or a driving beat and harmonizing vocals like those of UNIFORM CHOICE, this album has undeniably fused the old THE FIRST STEP with a new power, creating something very, very special. To put it simply, this album grabs you, it speaks to you, it demands your attention. Many may say it, but few actually deliver - this record is destined to take its place among the most classic of hardcore records. The music, the message: it has returned.

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# Song Name Popularity
1 Time To Understand  0%
2 Get Wise Voted #3  17%
3 Peace  0%
4 No Way To Live  17%
5 Learning Voted #2  25%
6 What We Know Voted #1  42%
7 Pusuit Of Happiness  0%
8 As It Is  0%
9 Face The Pain  0%
10 Take Control  0%
11 No Good Reason  0%
12 A New Reality  0%
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Saha from Kluang, Johor, Malaysia 
May 17 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

To me, this album is what Hardcore is about; keep the identity of Hardcore music, make simple, plain riffs, with smart positive lyrics, then you get a decent straight ahead Hardcore record. The First Step didn’t fall into the trend that many US Hardcore bands have gotten into in the year 2000’s. They just keep Hardcore as it is. That’s why I love it.

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