Downset belong to the pioneers of a rap/hardcore blend that gained momentum in the ‘90s. Their first two longplayers are stellar releases with songs like ‘Anger’, being a real hymn, penned by the band.
After having signed with Nuclear Blast, Downset announce a new album. ‘Maintain’ is their first album in eight years and ‘The Place to Be’ is a first single.
Commenting on the new single’s origin of sound, guitarist Rogelio Lozano states:
“This was one of the first tracks written with the new members Bobby Ponte and Philip Gonzales. With Nick Jett (Terror) engineering and co-producing, our first objective was to try and revisit the original Dwonset sound of the first ever recorded demos. To try and recreate the tone, we first unwound our guitars and basses back to drop “C,” and then created heavy rhythmic beats and riffs to facilitate a platform for Rey Oropeza’s Hard Rap flows.”
Lozano adds about the lyrical content: “The lyrics to this song combine several subjects into one song and at the end all tying in together. Represent yourself with class, responsibility and courage. Setting a good example for our youth is my interpretation of the message.”
And this is the track listing of ‘Maintain’:
- Blackest of Days
- New Respect
- Won’t Forget
- Wreck It
- On Lock (Only the Defest)
- The Place To Be
- Your Power
- Positive Mind
- Hear Me Now
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