Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring
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Based on 98 ratings
1985 Ratings: #20
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June 1, 1985 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dischord / Label
Post-Hardcore / Genres
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Without a shadow of a doubt, a very influential album. Rites of Spring planted the seeds of emo, which would take almost 10 years to get popular, and they were already pioneering it heavily in 1985. However, this doesn't mean I enjoy it. A few tracks are pretty cool, none of them suck, but overall it's just too noisy for my taste and reminiscing of hardcore punk. It is emotional, but I'm not crazy about this visceral style. For sure, it's okay to listen to, but I appreciate 'Rites of Spring' ... read more
i think the fact that Rites of Spring dispenselabels shows how satisfied they are with the kind of music they make without being embedded in some spectrum. this makes their only album a good treat for those who like all kinds of music, or for whom, although they may be dissatisfied with it, want to know where the first emo will possibly come from.
No space for humble, amateur beginnings.

Behold, emotional hardcore's very own parallel to The Big Bang.

The threads have always ran amok wherever the highly controversial term rose from, right? I'm looking at you, lionhearted gatekeeper.

Influential D.C figures by the likes of Husker Du, Moss Icon or even Squirrel Bait had already set off for something beyond punk's meat-headed musical ethics, but only Rites of Spring had tied together what it meant to fuck up your vocal cords or play your ... read more
Fast, loud, and passionate, Rites Of Spring's first and only record served as a rough but nonetheless effective blueprint for the "emo" genre. It's for these same reasons that this album holds up as one of the best out of the hardcore scene of the 80s, and an undeniable classic.
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