“Statement” CD ep
O.K. I’m gonna be honest here. I’m not big into the old school style of stuff. I like some of it, but I don’t get excited about it. With two exceptions. Halfmast was the first and CeaseFire is the second. For me the people who make up the band mean as much as how the band sounds and both those bands were extremely sincere. CeaseFire expresses themselves without hesitation and I find myself drawn to their lack of pretenses. No one who is even slightly into the old school stuff should pass this up and some who aren’t even into that style may find they like it as well. - “I Stand Alone- # 10”

“Statement” CD ep
Aussie H.C. That is full of originality and sincerity. Another just get it in my book. No Metal just the core baby. - “Heart of the Extremist-#1”

“Statement” CD ep
My first run in with Gladesville Australia’s CeaseFire and what a great surprise. This act is tight as fu*k, and obviously have their sh*t together. Credit must be given to Portland's Boot to Head Records for actually finding these guys in the first place. Musically CeaseFire displays all the little things that IN EFFECT likes. Mainly good, fast hardcore music. No grunts, no tuned down guitars, just the straight dope. Just being able to xerox this style doesn’t cut it nowadays and “Statement” does have enough twists and turns to keep you interested for all 22 minutes. Inside Out’s “No Spiritual Surrender” sneaks in at eh end although it’s not listed. I like this version a million times better especially since I always hated Zac’s voice ont he original. Lyrically smart, and overall just a solid effort from a band I suspect is one of the leaders in the hardcore scene down under. Just get it. - “In Effect- #11”

“Statement” CD ep
Regardless of what you think of their Christian beliefs, these guys just rule. I’m not just saying that because Dan and Matt are good friends, but because the music is honest, passionate, & powerful. 8 songs here (plus a bonus track or two) of spirit filled hardcore, with Dans burly screaming and Matt Minder’s he-man pounding drumming. It’s heavy, but thankfully not metal, & the pace is ragingly fast throughout. Heartfelt lyrics dealing with drug abuse, racism, senseless division & christianity. I admire any band with such passion & dedication to their beliefs, after all, that's what hardcore is all about. XLuke CrewX “Meat & 3 Veg.-#4”

“Statement” CD ep
The record starts off with high speed hardcore, which after 30 seconds breaks into slower hardcore metal mix. There's a lot of irregular tempo changes which can be awkward at times, throwing you off guard. It gets more and more metal as the record progresses. Vocals remind me of Tom (Indecision), particularly when the singer tends toward repetition of a phrase, screaming it out torturously -wjc “Guillotine-#17”

“Statement” CD ep
On my first listen I was like “alright this ia a good hardcore band that I will hold on to.” But on a further listen, though this has all the elements of the sort of hardcore that like, it just doesn’t make the mark. The way the vocals blend with the music sounds a bit off to me- or at least it just doesn’t hook me. Anyway this is yet another christian punk label and this is a christian straight edge hardcore band which is a growing phenomena that I am wary of and will never understand. -”Slug and Lettuce-#52”

“Statement” CD ep
Hardcore that bangs in and out of intense emotions all spelled out with harsh yelled vocals. Medium to fast hardcore smashing of the straightedge persuasion. You can always count on hardcore to give you some mind burning lyrics. - “Annexx- #13”

“Statement” CD ep
Australia has a hardcore scene? Well, Okay. For those of the basic Oldschool influenced, “jigga jigga” hardcore persuasion, I would highly recommend this cd. This is certainly not for me at all though. Its just boring hardcore with really cheesy lyrics, but I will give them credit for being good at this sound. If you ask me, this CD is more proof that the best thing to come out of Australia are those Fosters Lager commercials. Now there’s quality entertainment. Those commercials are just a good time. “Ceasefire...Australian for Crap.” . - Gav “Nothing Left Fanzine- #7”

“Statement” CD ep
This may be a very dumb comment on my side but I never knew there was hardcore all the way in Australia? & it’s good. I’m especially surprised that this is the first band I’ve heard with a anti-drinking song. So much goes unnoticed because it’s right under our noses. Alcohol is destroying families everywhere, not just drugs. I thought that was cool of them. - “OpenZine-#5”

“Statement” CD ep
10 songs worth of adrenaline pumping hardcore. These guys definitely have something to say and with a sound like this I’m sure people will listen. It kinda has a little bit of tough guy sound but not so much that I hate it. Just the right mix of oldschool hardcore and newschool and more meaningful lyrics. I think that why I like hardcore so much, just because the bands have something to say I mean don’t get me wrong, sometimes I just like to be a dork and mess around, but every now and then you need to put on a good hardcore record and think. Buy this! - “Happy Goat-#5”

“Statement” CD ep
Australian old school straightedge that is competent, but doesn’t really move me either way. These guys can play, but end up sounding like all of the other american straightedge bands that they are emulating. Enough Said. - “Tail Spins-#31”

“Statement” CD ep
Oh, Brother, I love this. 10 songs of pure oldschool hardcore no metal just hardcore, all though I do hear some newschool here and there. A lot of the topics for the songs here, and a lot of rage!! I can see more kids who are into the straightedge movement getting into this than any other punks, all though this band is totally christian, all the way. They are not ashamed of it one bit. There is a strong vibe of social alienation here in my opinion. CeaseFire are from Australia too. - The Revolutionary Man (israel)-#2”

“Statement” CD ep
Australia has brought forth an awesome hardcore band. With the perfect mix of fast beats, and fun hyper crowd vocals, they add the heaviness of metal in just the right parts. The music is pretty chunky, and isn’t as melodic a lot of old school stuff, but the have their own flow with irresistible breakdowns. Lyrics are well said, and straightforward. There is a hidden bonus in the last two tracks...nice. I want them to get out of their country and come play here. – “Bonny-10 Things Jesus Wants you to Know-#19”

“Statement” CD ep
"They're such nice boys," I can hear the old lady living next
door to their rehearsal space saying. Here's 10 straight- ahead hardcore songs that don't lie. Slamming the Truth home in songs like "Drug Hypocrisy" (exposing alcohol) and "Burn It" (racism), these guys demand to be heard. - “HM-#69”

“Statement” CD ep
We got another one here from those aussies. The music on this one lies somewhere between faster late 80’s NY hardcore sound and a bit more modern metallic sound. Just when I figured out they reminded me a lot of inside out, they bust out a cover of no spiritual surrender that sounds right on the money. The lyrics deal with your typical evils, in a way that’s almost pious. - “Mad at the Wolrd-#2”

“Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness” CD ep
More and More, hardcore bands are trying to delve into the world of metal. For me, it is refreshing to hear good ole raw hardcore. This record is a lot more polished than “Statement”, but the toughness is still there. This record is everything I envision when I think of “Old School” or more traditional hardcore. It combines uncompromising lyrics and an extremely tight musical cast. I can just see 100 kids diving all over each other trying to get a piece of the mic during the gang vocals. It also says something that they got the guys from Sick of It All and Good Riddance to do vocals on “Sister.” The lyrics that really got to me are from “Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness”: “You are my salvation, and the joy in my heart, I put my trust in you, my soul finds rest in you alone. No longer will my heart weigh heavy, with the sins of the past, grace overflows from your cup, to this sinner who believes. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” - “A Glam Rockers Diary-#16”

“Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness” CD ep
While their last album didn’t do much for me, this Aussie band has definitely improved and are now writing more interesting (while not over the top interesting) hardcore songs that are more rooted in old style hardcore and evidences of new school hardcore are kept to a bare minimum. Most of these 7 songs move along a fast clip and are just busting out with energy and vigor, but are like I said, they are not over the top interesting. Maybe it’s just me. That probably it. Lou Koller (Sick of it All) lends some vocal assistance in the second track. If I had to compare this band to someone I would immediately mention the first bold album (did they even have a second one? I honestly forget). They also remind me a bit of Nausea. Good song writing, top notch production, decent lyrics (which tend to lean towards the political side od things so much of them are left open to debate such as with issues as the alleged “global worming” we are supposed to be undergoing. “Energy Crisis” sounds like a chapter out of Al Gores book, Earth in the Balance which is a total crock. All of that aside, this is a good hardcore record that I am hard pressed to say anything really negative about. - “The Crucial Times-#13”

“Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness” CD ep
Fast HC that has a metal/new school edge to it. It breaks into chugga bits and reminds me of Sick of it All or a better No Innocent Victim. Lyrically it deals with real issues, probably better than any other Australian band. This has an obvious progression from “Statement” and I must say I like it better. - “Wolfpack-#1”

“Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness” CD ep
Starting off with a humorous intro about metal, this disc proceeds to slam the listener against the wall with their own distortion. Dan’s vocals are pretty solid and full. The band isn’t afraid to tackle some issues, like the environment and even smoking (“Selfish”). If I wasn’t blessed by the fact that I get so many of these discs free to review, I’d be spending a lot of money on hardcore music this month. There’s so many good releases like this available right now.- “HM-#74”

“Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness” CD ep
Good Day Mates!! From the land down under comes CeaseFire” second release in the form of a 7 song CD. The Key word here is progress. This Offering is full of aggressive fast paced tunes. The music is very tight and solid. I like this CD. CeaseFire are not afraid to sing songs that mean something in which they voice concerns about issues, you know... Punk rock. There are some songs about the environment, women's rights, and there's even an anti tobacco company song. In a day when to many bands are all to concerned about, and are singing about running I the pit and being tough, these guys are a breath of fresh air. There are some guest vocals on here, unless the dude from Sick of it All has an evil twin out there. Watch out though, they have a song that is a Biblical verse put to music, Oh my, break out your punk manual to cross reference and see if you can still like them. For those still here the song rocks. The CD is Damn good. All you new jacks throw another CeaseFire CD on the barbi, listen up and take notes - “In Effect-#12”

“Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness” CD ep
Everything I have seen that has to do with Australia HC seems to be full of sincerity, and this band is probably that principle example of that. This is definitely hardcore, straight up, without the metal that compromises a large majority of hardcore in our modern day and age. There are lots of speedy riffs and finger pointing sing-a-longs for the oldschool aficionado, and the recording quality is real high. Russ from Good Riddance and Lou from Sick of it All make guest appearances on the second track, which is a neat little addition to this ep. If you like this style of HC, the spirit is definitely there. - “Within our Grasp-#4”