Formed in 2002 in the hardcore breeding grounds of Connecticut, the members of With Honor banded together to “start a fast energetic band that had something positive to say. We wanted to keep the music modern, but using older influences as well”, said guitarist Jay Aust. With Honor immediately established a solid team which consists of vocalist Todd Mackey, guitarists Jay and Jeff Aust, bass player Jack Caron and Jon Ross on drums. The band originally teamed up with Stillborn Records and released 2004’s Heart Means Everything which was extremely well received by punk and hardcore scenes alike. With Honor toured incessantly in support of the aforementioned release with bands like Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, and Comeback Kid and gained numerous fans by playing festivals like New England Metalfest, Hellfest, and Skatefest, gaining the attention of several large independent labels. Jay said, “We chose Victory because of their strong reputation and our respect for the history and bands on the label. We couldn’t have found a better place to call home.”
This Is Our Revenge was recorded in June of 2005 at the legendary Salad Days studios with the one and only Brian McTernan. “Working with Brian was definitely a learning experience. We learned how to look at song writing in a whole new way. In the end, Brian was able to find all of our strengths and bring them out to create an accurate representation of the band”, Jay said. The title of their debut Victory album, This Is Our Revenge, pertains to the fact that music and various art forms provide an outlet from society and is a revenge on the prescribed way people are supposed to live. For the members of With Honor, the record is also a realization that rather than constant anticipation of things to come, these moments are the defining ones of their lives.
Musically and lyrically, This Is Our Revenge is With Honor’s strongest album yet. The band grew up listening to bands ranging from Minor Threat and Gorilla Biscuits to NOFX and Face To Face; they wear those influences on their collective sleeve. Lyrically, the band does not have one specific agenda. Vocalist Todd Mackey said, “On this album I wrote about politics, relationships, and spirituality. This album has been therapeutic for us as a band because we faced so much adversity in its process and more specifically our individual lives in the last year or so. I had some things happen to me that I hoped I would never have had to deal with in my life”. There are lighter songs on the album, like “20 Strong”, which touches on an unforgettable summer tour with Comeback Kid and Bane. Overall, This Is Our Revenge was born out of struggle and loss and is With Honor’s most real and emotional offering to date.
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