Rival Schools - United By Fate (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Blue Vinyl)

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The United By Fate Deluxe Edition features an additional disc with ten extra bonus tracks. This includes every official United By Fate b-side, all Rival Schools tracks from their 2001 split with Onelinedrawing (never before released on vinyl) as well as a never before heard acoustic version of the song Holding Sand performed by Walter in Berlin. Moreso, this collector’s edition is housed in a hard-cover linen case with stamped lettering, holding a hardcover sixty-four page book featuring handwritten lyrics and never-before-seen photos from the band’s personal archives.

Rival Schools started as the once-new project of vocalist/guitarist Walter Schreifels, who as a member of Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand routinely reinvented the sound of hardcore. In Rival Schools he was joined by bandmates Ian Love, Cache Tolman and Sammy Siegler, whose other projects at the time include Iceburn, CIV and Glassjaw. United By Fate was a turning point, offering melodies rather than the abject fury and aggression of those earlier bands – and the result echoes still today serving as an influence for bands in the hardcore world and beyond.