Blacklisted
Peace On Earth, War On Stage


4.5
superb

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
October 23rd, 2007 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 6 minutes of great music.

Peace on Earth, War on Stage not only has one of the best album titles of the year, but is also the best EP of the year as well. Hailing from Philly, Blacklisted are one of the biggest names in hardcore today, and one of the few big names that foregoes all that lame brocore *** that’s clogging up the genre. With their new EP, Blacklisted solidify their position as one of the top bands in the genre.

Starting off with “Ivory Tower”, you’ll see that Blacklisted are still heavy as ***. While there aren’t as many breakdowns as their previous EP’s and full length, the band is way tighter than they ever were before, and with help from producer Kurt Ballou make a fuller and more engaging sound than ever before. The band all work perfectly with each other, from a hammering rhythm section to the pulverizing guitar work.

Vocalist George Hirsch also steps it up on the album, singing and shouting with more confidence than ever. His lyrics also stand apart, telling of his flaws and the missteps of others with an honesty that’s rare to see. He doesn’t get stupid or too self-deprecating, and its more of an uplifting message than just a jaded picture of society.

“Canonized” shows Blacklisted at their heaviest, “Memory Layne” shows them at their best, “Setting Sun” shows them at their lyrical best, and “Ivory Tower” is just the perfect representation of what they are about. The EP only runs at about 6 minutes, but it’s a flawless 6 minutes from one of the best. Peace on Earth, War on Stage is one of the best punk releases of the year, and they’re a hell of a live act to boot.



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Yyy
October 23rd 2007


289 Comments


setting sun is the best

Tyler
Emeritus
October 23rd 2007


7925 Comments


this rules

AtavanHalen
October 23rd 2007


17927 Comments


I'm intrigued.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 23rd 2007


4939 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm glad this is short. It payed off because I read it, and I have a good concept of I want it, regardless of if it took you 30 minutes to conjure up this review.This Message Edited On 10.23.07

Let's Chop Cats!
October 23rd 2007


142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

George's last name is Hirsch. Solid review, amazing 7". New album out early 08.

cbmartinez
October 23rd 2007


2525 Comments


oh dear illuvatar you win the most crucial reviewer award, every review is more croosh then the last

EP is okay. 3 at most. 4.5 is ridiculous.

Yyy
October 23rd 2007


289 Comments


iluv was appeasing yyy!

Let's Chop Cats!
October 23rd 2007


142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Chris shutup, these 4 songs are some of the best 4 songs you've ever heard.



I'm assuming the new album will be in this vein, Todd Jones might be writing on the album as well, not sure about that though.

plane
Emeritus
October 24th 2007


6340 Comments


Yeah this rules. What to get next?

plane
Emeritus
October 24th 2007


6340 Comments


why thank you!

Let's Chop Cats!
October 24th 2007


142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Get We're Unstoppable, its the EP and demo on CD.

cbmartinez
October 24th 2007


2525 Comments


This is good but it's not a 4.5

"Wolves At My Door" > all

JumpTheF**kUp
October 24th 2007


2720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this EP a lot.

McP3000
October 24th 2007


3949 Comments


Wait, 6 minutes and 4 tracks?

o.O

francesfarmer
October 24th 2007


1477 Comments


sickest shit out

santi3hg
October 24th 2007


440 Comments


Its hardcore. I don't know of bands today in hardcore that clock in 4 minute songs really.

Good 7 inch. The shirt and art though are meh.

Fort23
October 24th 2007


2967 Comments


Yea i started a review for this, but got bored. its pretty great.


Correction
October 24th 2007


188 Comments


omg 6 minutes so promising

santi3hg
October 25th 2007


440 Comments


Holy shit are you an idiot to? I just said its hardcore, mention one hardcore band that isn't on the integrity/ringworm wave that clocks in a song more than 3-4 minutes.

cbmartinez
October 25th 2007


2525 Comments


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