Chicago-based Victory Records has been a crucial platform for rock, emo, ska and metalcore bands since it’s creation back in 1989. Releasing albums by all kinds of bands from Hatebreed to Hawthorne Heights, the record label has remained relevant and prominent in the music scene for over two decades despite having very public legal disputes with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto and more recently A Day To Remember. Victory currently boast to have the likes of Comeback Kid and Terror on the books, and as of October 2015, Reading metalcore mob High Hopes have joined the roster to put out their second record ‘Sights and Sounds’ on February 5th. We managed to grab the new signings and to celebrate their new deal – and have all 5 members pick their individual favourite album from the Victory Records back catalogue and tell us what it means to them.
BURY YOUR DEAD – COVER YOUR TRACKS
Chosen by Nick Brooks
“Bury Your Dead’s ‘Cover Your Tracks’ was the first Victory record I ever bought, it included a sample CD which had a load of other bands on it. The album itself first stimulated my interest in lyrics and the importance behind it, it has a really aggressive sound which I had never heard beforehand which made it stand out for me”
TAKING BACK SUNDAY – WHERE YOU WANT TO BE
Chosen by Krishan Pujara
“Taking Back Sunday’s ‘Where You Want To Be’, among many, is one my favourite Victory releases. I first heard this record at a similar time to when I was learning how to play guitar. It reminds me of my youth, trading CD’s with friends and sharing good music. It’s crazy to think that songs I wrote in my bedroom have been released on the same label as many of the bands I looked up to.”
COUNTERPARTS – THE CURRENT WILL CARRY US
Chosen by Nathan Pryor
“Counterparts’ ‘The Current Will Carry Us’ is still one of my top albums to date, I listen to it regularly. I remember the first time listening to this and hearing all the complex chords and melodies used in all the songs, just completely blowing me away. It really inspired me and pushed me to write more in the melodic side of metal/hardcore.”
BURY YOUR DEAD – BEAUTY AND THE BREAKDOWN
Chosen by Shaun Flanagan
“The album from start to finish is full of huge tunes! Matt’s vocals and lyrical pattern is 10/10 for me, the guitar tones and drumming is impeccable. It’s in my top 10 Hardcore albums and I think its a timeless album! “
ATREYU – THE CURSE
Chosen by Daryl Pryor
” I remember being at college, a friend lending me a copy of ‘The Curse’ and telling me it was the best thing they’d ever heard. I’d never heard something that was so technical, balls out heavy, yet really melodic at the same time. Being 17 it really opened my eyes to a new world of music and what was capable when writing and playing music. That album was way ahead of its time, and I think it still stands strong today.”
The band’s new album, ‘Sights And Sounds’, is available February 9th through, and can be pre-ordered from the Victory Records (here).
You can follow the band via their official website (here), Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).