Cast the First Stone (Ensign album)

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Cast the First Stone
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ReleasedMarch, 1999
RecordedTrax East,
S River, New Jersey, USA
Genre Hardcore punk
Length27:53
Label Nitro Records
Producer Steve Evetts
Ensign chronology
Direction of Things to Come
(1997)
Cast the First Stone
(1999)
Three Years Two Months Eleven Days
(2000)
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Cast the First Stone was the second full-length album by New Jersey, U.S. band Ensign. It was released by Nitro Records in March, 1999 and follows the band's debut, Direction of Things to Come which came out on Indecision Records in November, 1997.

New Jersey U.S. state in the United States

New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, making it the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states with its biggest city being Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.

Ensign is a hardcore punk band from New Jersey, USA. It was formed in 1995 and signed to Indecision Records in 1996. They signed to the larger label "next door", Dexter Holland's Nitro Records in 1998 and finally came to rest at Blackout Records in 2003 after a brief sortie back to Indecision in 2000.

Nitro Records record label

Nitro Records is an American independent record label, created and operated by Dexter Holland and fellow Offspring bassist Greg K. They started the label in 1994. Nitro is famous for being an incubator for punk rock artists who have subsequently become successful, most notably AFI. The label has also released albums from classic punk bands, including The Damned and T.S.O.L.

Contents

Overview

The combination of a move to a bigger record label and a different guitarist from their previous album did little to alter the band's sound. It was a short, frenetic-paced collection of songs again. The tracks in the early part of the album are straightforward Hardcore punk with less inclination to include slower refrain sections - referred to as breakdowns - than in previous recordings. This resulted in the tracks sounding faster. The latter part of the album showed signs that the band were including more metalcore elements into their sound. They would develop this tendency towards a more metalcore sound in their subsequent release, The Price of Progression .

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

Refrain line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse

A refrain is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in poetry; the "chorus" of a song. Poetic fixed forms that feature refrains include the villanelle, the virelay, and the sestina.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.

Track listing

  1. "Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars" – 2:17
  2. "#22" – 1:32
  3. "15 Years" – 1:23
  4. "Wash Away" – 1:12
  5. "Fade Into Years" – 1:48
  6. "Waiting For The Breakdown" – 1:01
  7. "Absent" – 1:51
  8. "For The Record" – 1:55
  9. "Winner Takes All" – 0:57
  10. "Never Give In" – 2:19
  11. "Pale Horse" – 2:27
  12. "Unanswered" – 1:49
  13. "DBC" – 0:35
  14. "Cornered" – 1:40
  15. "The Road Less Travelled" – 2:15
  16. "Fallen" – 2:52
<i>Ensign</i> (EP) 1996 EP by Ensign

Ensign's self-titled 7" EP was their first release on Orange County, California record label, Indecision Records. It was released in May, 1996 on 7" vinyl only. The production run was limited to 3336 on black vinyl, 330 on grey, 449 on blue and a further 100 on black vinyl with a different cover to coincide with a European tour. This was in line with Indecision Records tradition of putting out releases by new bands on colored and normal vinyl and was carried through to their next release, the Fall from Grace (EP). It was later re-released on CD as part of a retrospective compilation, Three Years Two Months Eleven Days, in April 2000 after the band had left to join Nitro Records in 1998.

Indecision Records record label

Indecision Records is an independent American hardcore punk record label which was started by punk photographer and fanzine editor Dave Mandel in 1992 as an offshoot of his fanzine, Indecision. It is based in Garden Grove, California, and until about 2001 it was based in nearby Huntington Beach. Indecision Records was responsible for launching the careers of many of Orange County's wave of 1990s hardcore bands, such as Throwdown, Death by Stereo, Bleeding Through, and Adamantium, as well as re-issuing material that was otherwise out-of-print.

<i>Three Years Two Months Eleven Days</i> 2000 compilation album by Ensign

Three Years Two Months Eleven Days was an album of early material, often referred to as a retrospective, by the New Jersey, U.S. band, Ensign. Recorded in various sessions between January, 1996 and July, 1998 – including a live recording – and with varying members, it was released by the band's first record label, Indecision Records in April, 2000.

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