Friday, March 28, 2008

Strongarm




City: Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 1993 - 1999 (roughly)
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/strongarm

Alot of people in the hardcore scene frown upon Christian hardcore and I can understand why. Many object to the preaching during the sets and the blatant (obviously) religious message but going to shows in South Florida we always had 2 bands that did neither of these during their sets: Strongarm and Set Apart (which will be up soon). Basically, Strongarm got on stage and said "this is what we believe, if you don't believe it it's cool." In the numerous times I saw them, very little preaching ever went on. Strongarm has a very distinct sound and to this day many have tried to copy it but few have been able to duplicate it (Shai Hulud has a very heavy Strongarm influence). I was happy that I was able to see them one last time at Furnace Fest in 2000...there has also been talk of a reunion of sorts. Ill be crossing my fingers for that one...
Their demo is available for download while the other demo that was never released has eluded me. If anyone has it, please get in touch with me. Both of their full lengths "Atonement" and "The Advent of a Miracle" are still available through Solid State Records. Members were in previously and went on to Endure, Ichtus, Tension, Further Seems Forever and Shai Hulud.

Strongarm - These Time That Try Mens Souls demo

http://www.mediafire.com/?hm2dw3hcau1

You can order their full lengths "Atonement" and "The Advent of a Miracle" here:

http://www.zambooie.com/solidstate/artistresults.tpl?cart=120671554414267234&band=Strongarm&startat=1