Nothing makes me more excited than hardcore with a positive message, which could be the reason that I’ve been accused of being stuck in the 90s. During this time period, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for bands to have lyrics and artwork that touched on topics like straight edge, politics, and animal rights, and hardcore shows weren’t complete without tables full of pamphlets about these issues. With this in mind, it goes without saying that one of my favorite bands of all time—Earth Crisis—happen also to be pioneers of the vegan straight-edge movement.
With their newest release, To the Death, Earth Crisis channels the days of Gomorrah’s Season Ends and Destroy the Machines, adds in some modern flair, and still manages to touch on the topics that are still the closest to their hearts—animal rights and straight edge. Staying true to their roots, the band has partnered with peta2 by starring in a print PSA with a quote from singer Karl Buechner: “Veganism is the essence of compassion and peaceful living. Animals are living creatures who have the right to live in peace.”