system failure - conception
SYSTEM FAILURE
Conception
Independent
1999

Yet another hardcore band out of the midwest. You know, where I’m from. Seems we’re teeming with them for some odd reason or another.

Conception is a five-song EP that’s not a bad listen for the general hardcore crowd: the first song, “Cry To Heaven”, starts off with a sound clip from a Ronald Reagan speech, and then ripps into the tune. The rest of the songs, “Due Penalty”, “Behold”, “Reflection” and “Flashback”, pretty much hold up the same pace- plod-along heavy. Listen closely, and you’ll hear the distinctive sounds of a galvanized trash can being used as an actual instrument within the CD. No kidding. They’ve used it in their live shows. It’s rather inventive, I’d say. . .

Now, for those wondering about the lyrical content, freat not, they’re pretty in-your-face lyrically. Take “Due Penalty” for instance: “Sin entombs your decaying flesh even as you burn with lust / Feel the price of this perversion / pay with your life and hell follows after / Confusion darkens the minds of the masses / wrong is right in the eyes of many / wisdom is discarded as the fools rush in / twisting the truth just to please themselves. . .” They just seem to fit in with the music, don’t they?

System Failure should appeal to the old-school hardcore crowd into Earth Crisis, Focused and Through And Through.

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