Holder's Scar: Sin Without Doubt 7"

To Live a Lie Records


"North Carolina when you think of hardcore and punk you may think of Corrosion of Conformity or even Double Negative but not much else. This state is amazing for music because scenes form in clusters and build up and then unfortunately implode... so when the scene expands it is a really special and ephemeral experience. Up north there is a never-ending supply of raging music but when it comes around in NC it is special. Between my label and Sorry State we were able to capture a good cross section of the hardcore takeover of Raleigh a few years ago between Abuse., Last Words, Thieves, Double Negative, Cross Laws, Stripmines, etc. That bubble burst and there is some exciting stuff forming in the ash of it here (Skemata, Blackball, and No Love). Right now Greensboro has a thriving scene revolving around some younger blood, primarily the guys in Holder's Scar. Members of the band separately book almost every single DIY show in town. On top of that, HS puts on an amazing show and this record rips so fast it will make your head spin. Recorded at the world famous Legitimate Business by master audio technician Kris Hilbert (who also recorded the Torch Runner LP and half the bands mentioned above), this record lays down some raging hardcore punk akin to a lot of the punk of yore in NC: Stipmines, Thieves, and maybe throw in some of the new blood from Virginia like Barge and Meth Lab. Be on the lookout for Holder's Scar coming through your town as they aren't a band you want to miss out on. You also won't want to miss slew of members-of bands like Wriggle and Bad Eric." - To Live A Lie

Our take: Debut 7" from this band out of Greensboro who have been making waves around our state for quite some time, and whose personnel includes a couple of folks from Wriggle, whose demo tape Sorry State re-released a while back. Anyway, I have no idea where Holder's Scar's name comes from, but from the minute I heard the band I've thought it gave off the completely wrong impression. Actually, I think that I might have stood outside while they played the first few times I had the opportunity to see them because I assumed by their name that they would be crappy metalcore... then I walk in and the guitarist is wearing a Kansaan Uutiset shirt and they totally rip! There are actually a lot of great bands in Greensboro right now (Bad Eric, Wriggle, Menthol, and more new ones popping up constantly), but one thing that I really like about Holder's Scar is the fearlessness with which they integrate their influences. Not to toot my own horn, but they actually remind me a little bit of my old band Devour in the way that they seem to have roots in both obscure foreign hardcore and progressive, metallic late 80s hardcore like Neurosis, Rorschach, and the like. Actually, I'm not even sure if the members of Holder's Scar listen to any of those bands, but that's the impression I get. To say that in a different way, this is music that is loud, fast, and raw, but it also seems to be searching for something a little bit more musically (maybe even artistically) ambitious. They're more than just a dumb punk band that you can understand in 5 seconds, so if that doesn't turn you off I recommend checking this out... it's extremely well-recorded, powerfully played, and exploding with both ideas and energy. And it rips!
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