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United By Fate

Rival Schools Audio CD
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After a decade, the hugely influential pioneers of Post-Hardcore, Rival Schools are returning with their brand new and much anticipated second album Pedals, set for release on 7 March through Photo Finish/Atlantic Records. The second single from the album, ‘Wring It Out’ will be released on 6 March. In support of the album they will be hitting the road for four UK co-headline dates ... Read more in Amazon's Rival Schools Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000063S1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Used For Glue 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. The Switch 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Holding Sand 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Echo 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Favourite Star 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. So Down On 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hooligans For Life 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am compelled to recommend this to you! 26 Jun 2004
By Russell Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I think it was New Year's Eve 2003 that I saw the video for Used For Glue on TV and I vaguely remembered hearing it somewhere before. So I 'acquired' it from the Internet, listened to it 20 times a day for a week, then bought this album.
I read the Amazon review beforehand, and I HAD to weigh in on this debate: Is United By Fate boring bland US Rock, or is it life-changingly good music?
Definitely the latter - This Is A Fantastic Album. I completely understand the person that says they listened to this so much that they should be bored of it, but they're not. I have not stopped listening to this record since January! I may have bought other things since, and gone back to some old favourites, but this has been in my car, in my hi-fi, on my MP3 player and I get the same enjoyment from hearing the opening drum part from Travel By Telephone every time.
This has become my new Siamese Dream, and that was an album that continues to inspire me more than ten years later. There's not a bad track on this album, even though some are not as immediately obvious as Used For Glue and Good Things.
My Echo, for example, is a bit too poppy and Beatley at first, but I have grown to love it. Holding Sand starts with what sounds like the world's most obvious riff, but after a few listens, the sheer joy of the chorus besomes irresistable and you'll be singing along with 'makes no impression on me...'.
Own this now. Seriously, I cannot recommend this enough. Even my girlfriend is starting to sing along with it, and she's a Bon Jovi fan. Hmm, actually, that might put you of....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars united by fate - kickass! 10 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
rival schools features ex members of such legendary NY hardcore bands as quicksand, gorilla biscuits, CIV and glassjaw, although people expecting this album to be more of the same will be shocked. this album is much more mellow and doesn't really fit into the "post-hardcore" label its been given. united by fate lends more to bands like weezer than to most aggressive NY hardcore bands. standout tracks include scorching opener Travel By Telephone, the huge 5 minute Undercovers On, and the lead single in the US Used For Glue. Its a shame more people won't get to hear this album with its relatively small distribution, because through radio and tv play, rival schools could be huge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it - love it - tell everyone! 20 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Rival Schools have truly delivered. Walter Schriefels and co meld a combination of styles to form a would be lost classic. Critically this album was well recieved upon release but didn't exactly fly off the shelves. Fan's of Gorrila Bisciut, Y.O.T and Quicksand knew what they would be getting, and now with almost continual Kerrang, MTV2 and N.M.E (shock horror) championing this album is set for a re-release and surely a higher outreach of sales.
'Used For Glue' is an anthem in waiting with its driven sensibilities and melodic power chords. Heavy radio and television rotation will ensure a high chart entry. On first listen the dirty overdriven sound of the guitars can be difficult to adjust to if your used to clean neatly produced acts but the meoldies and hooks come at you thick and fast ensuring shout along, air guitar moments at full volume. 'High Acetate' and 'My Echo' resonate with great pop directness.
In fact the whole record is as vital a release as anything yet this year. Surely to be in or around many best album votes come New Year. If not then something is seriously wrong. The Emo-hardcore-nu-post-grunge-whatever tag is rising so fast (Hundred Readons, Jimmy Eat World) and it's great to see bands who CAN play and LOVE playing and it is not often that a band like this surfaces relatively quietly.
Sit back and watch them explode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
When i first boughht this album, i had a few doubts. On the first few listen's only a few songs jump out at you. So i left it to collect dust in my cd rack for a month or so. Upon chance, i stumbled across it and decided to give it one more go! How things change. Its a difficult album to get into because it is so complex - but it i EXCELLENT. "Good things" "so down on" and "my echo" are all fantastic songs. The entire album is quality and well worth a listen if you fancy a rock record with a twist. Brilliant!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exclamation point 16 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
rival schools rock in a hardcore way whilst still staying all poisitive on us. "travel by telephone" and (first single) "used for glue" are very representive of the album: a feast of straight get up kids rock. fans of walters ex band quicksand will also be happy to hear tracks like the detuned "holding sand" which still has that 666 thing going on. if you like this also check out their "rival schools united by onelinedrawing" ep which was an early release and collaboration with that onelinedrawing kid who is big on the web. anyway...united by fate is bomb. exclamation point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grower from hotly tipped emo-core boys 5 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After all the hype surrounding Rival schools I felt that I needed to get this album and I'm happy to say that I don't regret it. One first (and 2nd,3rd and 4th) listens it doesn't sound anything special and you could be forgiven for being a little dissapointed. But PLEASE percevere as when it does finally grow on you you'll never want to put it down. Tracks like Undercover On, Holding Sand and Used for Glue are the ones which hit you first, yet the real classics are the ones like Everything has its point, the two mini songs High Acetate and My Echo and as before the next single the brilliant Used for Glue. As emotional as it is heavy this is a must for anyone who likes there CD's to be played more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A grower, that's what this album is.
I purchased it from a CD store when it was released many years ago, I had no idea at all what to expect having heard nothing of the band... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Quicksand you will love this.
Well.....as I like Quicksand I knew I was going to love this, Walter Schreifels next band project. I aint too sure if Rival Schools did another album after this debut or not but... Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by Jason Randell
5.0 out of 5 stars Includes 13 well written, energy filled, powerful rock songs
Rival Schools was created through guitarist and singer Walter Schreifels who had originally been he guitarist for the ‘80s hardcore group ‘Gorilla Biscuits’ and... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2006 by Chris Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Rival Schools...
A fine follow up from former Quicksand frontman Walter Schriefel. If you like this then you will love Quicksand, perhaps one of the finest 90's alternative bands...Emo? Read more
Published on 1 April 2005 by lex
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than any other band. Ever.
Rival Schools are better than the Beatles. Rival Schools are better than the Rolling Stones. Rival Schools are better than any other band in the history of the world. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2004 by "grandmadeathscellardoor"
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album by far!
None of my friends like this album, my x didnt like it, and my cousins don't like.
HOWEVER...i love it. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2003 by Laura Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Boooring
I am startled by the number of reviewers who found this gem of an album boring - I can only suggest that they did not really give it a good enough listen before flinging it into... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you like a rash
I bought this for my missus for Christmas with the new QOTHSA cd.This is my favourite by a country mile. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2003 by B. Philipson
1.0 out of 5 stars BOOORING......
I had read rave reviews on this album just before it came out and it sounded really good. Walking through my local CD shop one day I glanced upon and bought United By Fate. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2002 by "nimrod__1039"
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive.
First time I heard this album I knew nothing about it and immediately passed it off as Nu-Metal rubbish after the first riff. I was wrong. This is the new stuff. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2002 by J. Williams
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