(8/10) German hardcore legend Ryker's are back. Founded in 1992 in Kassel, Germany the band released with records like "Ground zero" some great hardcore discs. It has been those records which lead to a lot of enthusiastic feedback. The Ryker's have been grown to one of the really influential acts in the 90's. Therefore it was a sad moment when the band disbanded in 2000.
After few try-outs in the last years the band decided to produce a new album. "Hard to the core" is the result of this fruitful work and will be released in May this year. It became the expected killer.
In total nine songs hit you like a hammer. All of them are straight-forward hardcore anthems between 2 and 3 minutes. This leads me immediately to my critisism. The running time is with 24 minutes far too short. Why are there not more songs on the album?
But if we take it from the stand point 'quality before quantity' we can life with the short playing time. The highlight of the album is the title track "Hard to the core". A very fast beginning of the tune leads to a quite grooving middle part which couldn't have been done better by Agnostic Front. A heavy and damn cool track which reminds a bit to "Haunting season" from the earlier mentioned "Ground zero" album. Also the following "Can't kill a dream" is an awesome song and belongs to my faves on the album. What I like most with this track is the almost hypnotic repetition of "You can't kill a dream" towards the end. Well done. The closer "Sound of broken bottles" is actually not more than an outro. The title says it all - sound of broken bottles. That's what you hear. So we can conclude that it's eight great hardcore tracks on the album which clearly state that Ryker's are back.
Great album, which makes great fun to listen too. Just a bit too short - but we had that already. Welcome back Ryker's.
- The world as I see it today
- Hard to the core
- Can't kill a dream
- Time heals...
- Divided by colours
- Born to fly
- Slave cruel world
- World wide trap
- The beautiful sound of broken bottles