The least you can say about Death Before Dishonor is that they are a hardworking band. When they’re not out on the road, they’re cooped up in the studio with Jim Siegel (Have Heart, Dropkick Murphys, Blood For Blood) recording new material which now sees the light of day under the moniker “Better Ways To Die”.
On these eleven songs they still sound as tough as nails but shuffled things around just enough to make the new album more than just a mere copy of “Count Me In”. Vocalist Bryan still has that powerful roar and is still being backed up by tons of chugga chugga riffage, powerful rhythms and tons of groove making them sound not unlike Terror or Agnostic Front. But this time around these Bostonians incorporated little bits of melody here and there in the form of short solos and a couple of whoos (“Remember”). Because of this, comparisons with Blood For Blood and Pro-Pain aren’t too far-fetched either.
All very nice names to be compared with and Death Before Dishonor absolutely deserves it. With “Better Ways To Die” they have dropped one of the most powerful hardcore albums of the year.