Cast the First Stone

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Cast the First Stone
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Studio album by Ensign
Released March, 1999
Recorded Trax East,
S River, New Jersey, USA
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 27:53
Label Nitro Records
Producer Steve Evetts
Ensign chronology
Direction of Things to Come
(1997)Direction of Things to Come1997
Cast The First Stone
Three Years Two Months Eleven Days
(2000)Three Years Two Months Eleven Days2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Cast the First Stone was the second full-length album by New Jersey, U.S. band Ensign. It was released by Nitro Records in March, 1999 and follows the band's debut, Direction of Things to Come which came out on Indecision Records in November, 1997.


The combination of a move to a bigger record label and a different guitarist from their previous album did little to alter the band's sound. It was a short, frenetic-paced collection of songs again. The tracks in the early part of the album are straightforward Hardcore punk with less inclination to include slower refrain sections - referred to as breakdowns - than in previous recordings. This resulted in the tracks sounding faster. The latter part of the album showed signs that the band were including more metalcore elements into their sound. They would develop this tendency towards a more metalcore sound in their subsequent release, The Price of Progression.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars" – 2:17
  2. "#22" – 1:32
  3. "15 Years" – 1:23
  4. "Wash Away" – 1:12
  5. "Fade Into Years" – 1:48
  6. "Waiting For The Breakdown" – 1:01
  7. "Absent" – 1:51
  8. "For The Record" – 1:55
  9. "Winner Takes All" – 0:57
  10. "Never Give In" – 2:19
  11. "Pale Horse" – 2:27
  12. "Unanswered" – 1:49
  13. "DBC" – 0:35
  14. "Cornered" – 1:40
  15. "The Road Less Travelled" – 2:15
  16. "Fallen" – 2:52


  • Tim Shaw – vocals
  • Ryan "Mackenzie" Donoghue – guitar
  • Nate "Edge" Gluck – bass
  • Ryan Murphy – drums
  • Sick Of It All's Lou Koller provided guest vocals on "15 Years"
  • Recorded at Trax East, South River, New Jersey, USA
  • Produced and engineered by Steve Evetts
  • Assistant Producers: Lou and Pete Koller of Sick Of It All
  • Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music


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