Depending on your age, you might not have ever known a time where Victory Records put out good music. To be honest, when I was in high school, I considered the catalog pretty hit or miss. For every good album that came out (OLC Crime Ridden Society anyone?) it felt like two Doughnuts albums were released. Anyway, to me, the big four were always as follows: Earth Crisis, Snapcase, Strife and Integrity. Everybody has an opinion regarding these four, but usually every hardcore kid can get behind one or two of the big four. Now imagine a band taking the best things those bands had to offer and mixing them into one project along with some good elements of 90s hardcore. What you'll have my friends is Unlearn.
Listening the demo, you can hear so many elements that take you back to the days of oversized t-shirts and choker necklaces, but it's mixed so well that it really gives it a sound of it's own. The vocals will clearly remind you of an ill-behaved gentlemen from Cleaveland and the riffs feel like a marriage between Strife and Earth Crisis with some technical guitarwork thrown in that is reminiscent of "Steps" era Snapcase or some of Don Devore's work with Ink & Dagger. In other words: It fucking destroys. Probably up there with xNoosex, Bad American and Stick Together as my favorite four demos of 2010. You can bet your ass that I will be headed to the Lehigh Valley to catch their live set at some point. Here is a sampling of their live set, which looks just as good as the demo sounds recorded:
Do yourself a favor and download the demo.