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“Life and Times” by Maximum Penalty

Artist: Maximum Penalty
Title: “Life And Times”
Label: Reaper Records
Release Date: 2/10/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hardcore
Rating: 3.75/5

Growing up as an eighties Metal maniac I can freely admit that the whole NYHC movement was lost on me and as result so were many of its biggest defenders of their ideals in the band sense. Despite my own lacking in this area, the NYHC scene found a number of its luminaries stepping into music history and as result groups like Sick Of It All, Madball, D.R.I and many more are heralded as legends and believe it or not many of them are still active today. Much like the Metal scene has found happening over the course of its life, the NYHC scene had a number of waves to it and this brings us to the second wave and one of its more promising bands – Maximum Penalty. Formed in 1986 by singer Jim Williams, the band was more of a cross-over outfit and one that took the NYHC aesthetic and infused it with a healthy dose of Metal riffs, some Hip-Hop sense and even a dash of Punk for good measure. It might sound like a mess when one looks at the ingredients but like all recipes in music, when each part is used to proper measurement, the end result can be very interesting. A lot has transpired since the time that the band made their first appearance and after a few short years of inactivity they were back in action in 2004 doing tours and writing new material. This brings us to “Life And Times” which brings the band into the present and finds them to be one that has grown in musical style and influence as they deliver some solid melodies and continue to uphold their cause with a renewed sense of zeal.
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