Ignite
Our Darkest Days


3.5
great

Review

by ericfitforbattle USER (10 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2007 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great good mood-album with passion and message.

I still have strong memories of first listening to Ignite. I thought that the instrumentalship was solid and that it was catchy and stuff, but the singer’s voice wasn’t my thing. I felt that high singing as confusing and kind of penetrating and so I closed the Ignite-book as unfazed as I opened it, matching the guys from Orange County to a band with too high-pitched singing.
Opening it again with that link in mind brought along a changed taste and a new sympathy. Zoli Teglas voice seemed no longer confusing or pushy or whatever, more congenial and highly melodic, with power and passion performed and well executed; a rare exception in today’s music scene, especially in terms of hardcore and punk music.
The prior blemish turned for me in an individual advantage.

After I get accustomed to this special voice on the rather mediocre A Place Called Home, Ignite’s 2006er release Our Darkest Days blew me away on first listen, making everything right they done wrong on their predecessor. It offers you more catchy refrains, more attention-grabbing sing-alongs and a permanently pace that won’t let your hand grope his way to the skip button of your hi-fi system. I mean, it’s like a squall of melody and groove that deluges you while you’re dancing and singing in the flood, metaphorically speaking. This incredible flow of addressing songs with this palpable energy and passion Ignite puts in this effort has a very pushing and motivating effect on the listener, which perhaps is the main endeavour this album tries to get across.

Right the intro “Our Darkest Days” stokes this mutinous mood with the eulogistic gang singing leading into a climax and the whole band yelling: “And from our hearts/we'll have our say/we built this all/our darkest days”. Slowly fading into the single “Bleeding”, it marks an impressive start with a precise announcement, which drags like a golden thread through the record. While Ignite can’t keep the slightly dark and angry mood during the full length, they manage it to create a flawless collection of songs. Take the marvellous catchy and mid-paced “Fear Is Our Tradition” and “Let It Burn”, the absolutely raging bangers “Poverty For All” and “Are You Listening?” or the slower and soulful tracks “My Judgement Day” and “Live For Better Days”: All of them feature a vast amount of lively tunes and sing-alongs, provided by joyful background singings and readily accessible song structures, concentrating on catchy hooks and focusing mostly on Zoli’s outstanding voice. The best blend succeeds with “Slowdown” and “Save Yourself”, both incredible catchy tracks with the most convincing and punchy singing, effective riffing and sophisticated songwriting, delivering the power and energy in the best possible way. “Know Your History” gets a bit out of line with its fast-paced one-chord based verses, the typical hardcore drumming and the only solo on the record, creating a typical melodycore track that shows pep and crispness bands like Bad Religion or Pennywise already lost years ago.

But their élan and energy doesn’t preserve Ignite against the gradually upcoming lack of variety and intricacy. In longer terms the high focused presence of Zolis singing with its undeniable catchy, almost poppy melodies and harmonies can’t belie the fairly shiftless, power chord based guitar work that misses some great leads or generally some more lead guitar. The songwriting is simple and modest, following frequently the same structure verse - pre-chorus - chorus - post-chorus - repeat, lacking some great breaks or varied bridges.
Only the last two tracks bring along new aspects to Ignites sound. “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”, a cover of the famous U2 song, offers despite of lacking reliability the most sophisticated songwriting with varying dynamics and crescendos, but this becomes less important including the aspect that this is a cover song. “Live For Better Days” features Zoli singing only backed by an acoustic guitar, which brings across the singers softer voice very well while not losing the catchy melodies and hooks Ignite distinguishes.

With Our Darkest Days, Ignite delivers a very autonomous and unmistakable record that has everything a rocking hardcore / punk disc needs. From catchy refrains to powerful riffing and effective drumming to a fabulous voice, this cd offers a vast amount of melody and power becoming rare in modern punk music.

Recommended Tracks
Slowdown
Save Yourself
Are You Listening?
Let It Burn




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Tyler
Emeritus
October 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The intro is kind of confusing. He sings in a higher range but his voice isn't really all that high, at least for me.
Still, I totally agree with the review. Album starts out great, then gets a little lame.

tom79
October 23rd 2007


3372 Comments


that shows pep and crispness bands like Bad Religion or Pennywise already lost years ago

Eh, that's debatable.

Ignite is pretty good, haven't heard this album though. The U2 cover is good. Solid review.

and yeah, I agree with coke on the voice/intro part.This Message Edited On 10.23.07

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tuk
October 23rd 2007


151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I think I get carried away trying to create an intro which refers to his voice. I'll edit it.

/editedThis Message Edited On 10.23.07

Tyler
Emeritus
October 23rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He does have a really unique voice, though. It is hard to pin down. I like it, but if you really focus on it, it's definitely odd.

TheStarclassicTreatment
October 23rd 2007


2910 Comments


Bleeding is awesome

Let's Chop Cats!
October 23rd 2007


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"mediocre A Place Called Home"

idiot

tuk
October 23rd 2007


151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah thanks for neg because of a different opinion!

Let's Chop Cats!
October 23rd 2007


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

anytime

PhoenixRising
October 24th 2007


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had to resist not overrating this because every other review I read on here today is either pop or rock labeled as punk.

Pretty good album though. I've always liked these guys.This Message Edited On 10.24.07

CreamCrazy
May 25th 2008


724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love this album, I finally found it & listening to it is a blast

wexenhex
January 5th 2009


192 Comments


hey, Bad Religion is still good. they just are a bit spotty. even as early as Generator(which was a dull album)

crazycobs
January 26th 2009


114 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great album n gd reveiw.

Inveigh
December 30th 2009


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't understa-and...I'm doin' all I ca-an!

good shit, underrated band/album

TheSpirit
December 30th 2009


17879 Comments


definitely. i love this shit, and Zoli is fucking epic.

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Inveigh
December 30th 2009


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he sure is

TheSpirit
February 17th 2010


17879 Comments


so good so good so good

lucazade22
March 11th 2010


532 Comments


don't really see how this is a top heavy album...'strength' sucks but 'know your history' and 'live for better days' are awesome! Great album.

Inveigh
March 26th 2010


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

criminally overlooked album here at Sputnik. More people need to hear this

Ray91
April 7th 2010


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Inveigh is damn right!
Amazing album

BigHans
August 16th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got this and it rules fucking hard.



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