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Album Review

From the opening declaration of "Flame Still Burns" onward, We're Not in This Alone stands as Youth of Today's most accessible document of positive force. The album's speedy kinetic energy and affirmative content indicate a large 7 Seconds influence. Youth of Today, though, give their compositions the New York City treatment, meaning there are mosh-ready breakdowns and an overall heaviness not present in earlier posi-punk predecessors. And though their musical prowess is noteworthy, We're Not in This Alone's most enduring legacy is the song "No More," Ray Cappo's anti-selfishness, anti-meat manifesto. This song provided a platform for the vegetarian movement in hardcore, confirming Youth of Today's suspicions that their music could serve as a vehicle for change.

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Best album of 1988

So here is Youth of Today's last album, released in 1988. They followed up this album by touring the US and Europe, and then they broke up in 1989. This album is a bit different then Break Down The Walls, but it is still very good. Ray has started to sing a little bit on this album, and isn't screaming the entire time like previous efforts. Every song is a classic, and some people consider this their favorite album by this NYHC giant. If you're looking for an album to start with, might as well get this one. The drumming is far better than Break Down The Walls, and it's mixed better too. They followed this album up with a 7" that was released after they broke up, which is also highly recommended.

Best Hardcore Record EVER

That's pretty much it. So sick, so posi, so hardcore.


Formed: 1985 in Danbury, CT

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Arguably one of the leaders of the second wave of straight-edge in the mid-'80s, Youth of Today was a New York-based band started by ex-Violent Children members Ray Cappo on vocals and John Porcelly on guitar. Rounding out their lineup in 1985 with Graham Philips on bass and Darren Pesce on drums, Youth of Today recorded and released their debut EP, Can't Close My Eyes, on Positive Force, a well-known straight-edge mainstay. Philips and Pesce exited shortly thereafter, and lineup changes abounded...
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