Trial & Error

by Critical Point

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Portugal had a very active straight edge scene, with many active bands, that seemed more socially and politically aware than most of the other European bands. More than 10 years later, we find some of the survivors of these days in Critical Point. Started as a project band in 2009 by vocalist Rafael, former drummer of Pointing Finger, Time X and New Winds, and drummer David, who played guitar in Pointing Finger and Broken Distance, the duo was joined by some other Portugese scene veterans, recorded a demo (that was re-released in 2010 as a 7&#x0094 on David's Salad Day Records) and went on a European tour with brother band Pressure (in which David and Rafael rejoined with former Pointing Finger-vocalist Diogo). Late 2010, the band entered the studio to record 6 songs for their first official 7&#x0094, for Commitment Records. Aggressive and heavy, with a sound mixing the youthcrew sound of the late 1980s and Judge's re-interpretation of New York City hardcore, angry, but still retraining a positive outlook on life, Critical Point proves Portugese straight edge is still alive and kicking!


released April 16, 2011



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Commitment Records Amsterdam, Netherlands

Straight Edge Hardcore label from The Netherlands. Started as a distro in 1995, became a label in 1996. Has released over 40 7" EP's of straight edge bands from all parts of the world.

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