Strike Anywhere
Iron Front


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
November 20th, 2009 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strike Anywhere produce what could be their best album so far just in time for their 10 year anniversary.

If you love punk rock and have never listened to Strike Anywhere please go do so now. Strike Anywhere is back with their 4th studio album and it’s their best album to date. After a stint with Fat Wreck Chords and Jade Tree, Strike Anywhere has signed with hardcore punk label Bridge 9. Although they aren’t typical hardcore, they play an excellent mix of bouncy, pop punk mixed with hardcore yells and some borderline screaming. Iron Front is a short and sweet 30 minute album that should be in the top albums of 2009 list for any punk fan or hardcore fan alike.

The album opener “Invisible Colony” is one of the best songs off the record and one of the best openers I’ve heard this year. In the entire album there is just so much energy that it rarely (if ever) lets you sit still. What is most surprising about this album is the catchiness level, it’s off the charts. Technically speaking Strike Anywhere is billed as melodic hardcore which is exactly what this album is all about. It does nothing but emit punk from beginning to end yet it’s still able to maintain that little bit of harshness in the vocals that keeps everything interesting. If you just want a taste of what I’m talking about, go ahead and listen to “I’m Your Opposite Number” and you’ll understand exactly what I’m referring to. I’ve had the following lyrics stuck in my head since I first listened to that song.

“Lower the flags
Raise Up the Earth
Freedom 'til death
Death until birth”

“Hand Of Glory” sounds like a celtic punk mash up that might have been written with the guidance of the Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly. “The Crossing” has a section of chanting the lyric “borderlands” that is so infectious you’ll think it’s connected to herpes. The album is solid all around except it sort of drags a little bit in the middle. All the songs are great but for some reason the best ones seem to be found at the beginning and end of the album. I would go as far to say that this is Strike Anywhere’s magnum opus thus far. There isn’t a dull moment and it’s so catchy you’ll need to listen it to numerous times just to get everything that Barnett throws at you. Whilst only one song gets over 3 minutes, the time of the album is just perfect. It’s not too long being just the right amount that it’ll give you a decent Strike Anywhere fill that will probably only last for a couple hours before you have to listen to it again. “Summerpunks” is definitely the heaviest song on the album and also one of the catchiest also. It has a pretty neat but simple riff at the beginning that you most likely won’t forget. “First Will And Testament” is my personal favorite song off the album. The chorus is just so catchy and I have a hard time not listening to it over and over again.

There are some points in the album where it gets heavier and tends to drift off into a more hardcore pasture which I can only site as musical progression. While Strike Anywhere has always been a moderately political band, most of that theme seems to have been left on the writing table for this album. While they do have some lyrics based on topics of social or political don’t be too quick to throw them in the same category as Anti-Flag. If you can spare 30 minutes before the end of 2009 make sure you give this album its due justice. It’s the perfect mix of punk and hardcore that Strike Anywhere took 10 years to figure out (not that they weren’t great before this.)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Blindsided
November 20th 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this a LOT before doing this and still had a hard time writing it.

cvlts
November 20th 2009


8985 Comments


I think I need to listen to this...

Blindsided
November 21st 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes sir you do. No one else like this album?

EVedder27
November 21st 2009


6088 Comments


Nicely done.

Blindsided
November 21st 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? Thanks, honestly not too proud of this review. I thought as much as I listened to it and connected with it but it didn't come out easy or right for that matter.

EVedder27
November 21st 2009


6088 Comments


It's a good review. I mean I write some that I know aren't as good as my other reviews but it's still good regardless.

NovaSilver
November 21st 2009


130 Comments


decent review for a decent album, especially like the summary of 'bouncy pop-punk mixed with hardcore yells and borderline screaming', good sum of the mix.

Think you underplayed the political aspect though, and how similar these songs all sound. And Last Will is the worst song on the album (just not enough aggression) imo.

cvlts
November 21st 2009


8985 Comments


holy sh*t, this stuff hits sooo hard!

awesome stuff

i hear a lot of Polar Bear Club and Set Your Goals sound in this.

YouAreMySilence
November 21st 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Was gonna review this, still might.
The end of Western Scale might be one of the best moments of the year.
Record owns soooo hard.
Will probably make my top 15.

cvlts
November 21st 2009


8985 Comments


yeah im considerin reviewin this as well.

we'll see if it makes my End of the Year list.

CushMG15
November 21st 2009


1803 Comments


I have Exit English, which is decent with some awesome tracks, but I haven't looked much further than that. I'll check this next, before going into their back cataloge. Good Review man.

PanasonicYouth
December 8th 2009


7412 Comments


album rules end of story

Awesomesauce
December 8th 2009


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is rock solid. Hasn't left my car stereo in a while.

TheNewWhack
January 6th 2010


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album. It's in my top 25 of the year for sure.

AmericnZero02
March 1st 2010


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Postcards from Home slays

Digging: Copeland - Ixora

Kronzo
March 9th 2010


994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good review! I dig this album

fatlip27
March 9th 2010


246 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I WOKE UP SCREAMING

Ire
April 9th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album/band is so underrated. ZOMG YOU ALL NEED THIS!

Kourouh
August 31st 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favourite album of this year.

cwmetalguy1986
September 3rd 2010


185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album!



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