Sunday, September 9, 2012


Monument to Thieves is a southern California hardcore band consisting of several notable members including the following: Keith Barney (Throwdown, Eighteen Visions), David Richardson (As Hope Dies, Force Of Change), Matt Horwitz (Adamantium, The Agony Scene), Marc Jackson (Force of Change, Throwdown), and Dave Itow (The Mistake, Amendment 18).

While the band name was obviously taken from the very influential band His Hero Is Gone, the music doesn't quite share much in common as this project is reminiscent of Disembodied, Harvest and past projects of the current members of the band. While passing on the traditional messages of hardcore, Monument To Thieves also dives heavily into current events, social struggles/issues and political injustice.

On these 7"s, Keith Barney played guitar while David Richardson provided vocals. By the time the full length was to be recorded, however, David had quit and Keith Barney would move to vocals while bringing in Marc Jackson from Throwdown in to fill the guitar vacacy. Matt Horwitz would play drums with Dave Itow providing bass for the entire duration of the band.

Included in this download are their first two 7" releases. The LP is actually readily available for purchase for only $5 HERE. You also get the CD and download included! That's a pretty awesome deal for a pretty awesome record. If this download doesn't whet your appetite ... I don't know how else I can convince you.


Saturday, September 8, 2012


Just wanted to let everyone know that I added a pretty amazing feature to the blog. Right underneath the top banner there is a drop down box that allows you to translate the entire page into almost any language thanks to Google. It's truly an amazing feature if you really think about it.

I also went through and got rid of the cBox (which was always cluttered with spam) and added a "Recent Comments" section which now lists the most recent comments regardless of which thread they are posted under. Also pretty awesome.

I also updated all the old links ... so if anyone has any links to any blogs that are currently awesome (and still updated) ... let me know as a comment on this update.

Oh yeah ... in addition to the Search Box in the top left hand corner (which only searches this blog) ... the Search Box that is found on the right hand side (underneath the About The Blog section) searches this blog AND all of the blogs that I have links to. Between the Path To Misery blog and the 10-15 other blogs that I have linked up ... we should have links to just about everything you'd need.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

ACME: Discography

I know that essentially every blog worth it's own weight already has a write-up on this band ... I simply decided I needed to validate my blog by including a short post on this offering.

Everything that needs to be said about this band has been said. This CD is their only official release which is merely a compilation of their demo, a few compilation tracks and a live song or two. This band was simply a group of teenagers from Germany who never understood the scope of what they were doing.

Simply put: check this out if you think you like heavy metalcore.


INTEG2000: Discography

This band remains a bit mysterious to me. For those of you who haven't heard (or maybe don't remember) ... Integ2000 was a short-lived endeavor fronted by Dwid of Integrity around the dawn of the millennium. With the Melnicks deciding to start In Cold Blood, Dwid was left without a backing band and decided, in turn, to experiment with a bit of a new sound.

The first offering from the band, if memory serves me correct, is the self-titled full length. Released by Victory Records, this album is honestly one of the most aggro full lengths I've ever heard; a surprising offering from a band typically known for it's brooding, strangely melodic music. The album has more than a few guest vocal spots by Jayson Popson of, at the time, Mushroomhead fame. Speaking of which, Integ2000 featured the guitar work from two of the original members of Mushroomhead; I digress. This record may as well have listed Popson as a second vocalist. This is far from a complaint as the album features perhaps one of the most grueling, unspoken vocal competitions of all time as both vocalists offer up some of their finest work for this album. This session is extremely down-tuned as was most "nu-metal" of it's day (1998). I'm not sure if I can properly express how marine this shit is. No kidding ... this is one of the few albums that gets played in its entirety during one of my workout sessions. It's a shame that Victory didn't know how to push an album like this at the time as it surely could've went toe-to-toe with any other metal album that was going platinum at the time.

Next up for Integ2000 was the split with Fear Tomorrow on East Coast Empire. While only featuring two songs, this split contains, what I would assume would be, the closest-to-realized sound that the band was trying to capture. I mean, I wasn't there when the band got together or inside anyone's head or anything ... but the tracks sound what the name infers: an updated version of Integrity. The first song actually features a few riffs you may have heard before in songs such as Systems Overload whereas the second song has a vibe closer to that of the debut full length. Whether or not this was an intentional move, it definitely walks the line of the older Integrity material and the "modern" sound of the time of it's recording.

The final offering from this outfit was a 10-track record which would also be released on East Coast Empire. While only featuring 4 original tracks, the album features 6 very interesting cover songs which include Hot Stuff, Dancing With Myself, Bad Girls, Cars and South Of Heaven. I can't speak too highly of this album outside of it's comedic value. The original songs on this album don't really peak as high as the "earlier" Integ2000 but still have their moments. I'm not too sure what the explanation was for the significant drop-off between albums, but I'd love to hear it if anyone knows it.

The "band" would dissolve not-long after the release of this final album. Next up for Dwid would be his Angela Delamorte project, which would eventually be released as the Closure album under the Integrity moniker. I'll probably post this up in the near future as well.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Be there. Not to mention Integrity.