Ear One Productions has announced that they will be releasing a complete discography compilation album by VOICE OF REASON, a band that existed from 1995 to 2001 and featured Jay Reason on vocals before he joined THE DISTANCE.
The label will be pressing a limited edition CD, entitled “Looking Back to the Way Things Were: Voice of Reason 1995 – 2001”, and offering the 22 song collection as a free download, planned for a release this summer.
From a press release:
Voice of Reason was a popular melodic hardcore band formed in the mid-90’s. Founding members, guitarist Mike Sabia and vocalist Jay Reason, launched the band from the local Connecticut hardcore scene. An array of flyers from the mid-90’s to early 00’s boasts Voice of Reason on eclectic bills – ranging from Hatebreed and Warzone to New Found Glory and Saves The Day.
In the band’s early stages, they were often compared to 7 Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits. It was only appropriate that they would team up with NYC’s legendary producer, Don Fury (Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick Of It All) for their initial demo. In 1999, Fury mentioned “Voice of Reason have a quality that I look for in young bands – they believe in what they are doing, and they’re not afraid to just be themselves.”
Don Fury would go on to receive producing credits for the majority of the band’s output, and was often cited as helping them evolve their sound into a more melodic structure. It didn’t take long for Voice of Reason to set themselves apart from their contemporaries with a driving edge that made them contenders within the post-hardcore scene as much as the scene that helped birth them. Friend of Jay Reason, Ryan O’Connor (Think Fast! Records) notes: “Voice of Reason were one of the first hardcore bands I heard in the 90’s. At the time, hardcore was a very aggressive place with bands like Earth Crisis and Strife. VOR always stood out to me because they didn’t fit that mold – they had a more melodic sound, but without being cheesy. I always thought they were an underrated part of the 90’s hardcore scene