Strike Anywhere
Exit English


4.5
superb

Review

by Pete Mossberg USER (22 Reviews)
February 27th, 2006 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Strike Anywhere, one of the best up-and-coming melodic hardcore bands of today, unleashed this adrenaline shot straight into the aorta of the punk world as a follow-up to 2001's great debut album "Change Is A Sound", and my expectations were really high for this sophomore release. I'll start right off by saying - I wasn't disappointed. Rather the opposite. I was pleasantly surprised with most all of the songs on this album - it's anthemic, it's political, it's aggressive, it's hard-hitting, it's... well, a whole bunch of other adjectives too!

The album kicks off with the intro song "We Amplify", which smoothly transitions into a track called "Blaze" - the first two songs are really the same song, just divided in two (for reasons to me unknown). Within the first few songs, vocalist Thomas Barnett has me completely convinced, with the dead-on transitions between screaming, singing and shouting - each style calculated to fit the part of the song. The back-ups break in right when they're supposed to. Drummer Eric Kane does an excellent job mirroring the guitar and bass riffs to create a hectic yet steady foundation.

The lyrics could almost be compared to those of Propagandhi - they make a whole lotta sense, they're intelligent without being over the top, and they're highly political. Now, I think it's hard (if not impossible) to write political lyrics this day and age, without them being cliché. I'm not saying Strike Anywhere succeed at that either, they handle the same subjects as everyone else - government lies, unity, warfare, you name it. They also fall into some of the most common traps when it comes to being populistic and repeating what's already been said. But this doesn't bother me too much, as it all strikes me as both sincere and well thought-through. And it's the effort that matters, right? Yes, especially when the end result is this good.

Now I'm supposed to cover this albums negative qualities, and much like it has happened a few times before, I'm stumped. There's really nothing I'd want to change here - the playing's tight, the vocals impressive, the songwriting solid and the production spotless. There may be a few too common chord progressions in there, and perhaps the occasional "woo-hoo" chant-along seems trite. But all-in-all, this isn't anything that bothers me in the least, as this truly is an outstanding album!



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MM23
February 27th 2006


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An absolutely excellent album in all possible ways, and I'm not even that huge on punk/hardcore.

Times Ten
March 1st 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GREAT band. They are really fun live.

Tam-Tam
March 7th 2006


93 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A real slick, professional effort. Its not quite as aggressive as their previous efforts, but their sound hasn't changed to the point where it grates....nor has their message diverted too far from home.



Very good work.

Pizza
April 3rd 2006


687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i just got this a few days ago and it is awesome.

f_u_c_t
June 10th 2006


1406 Comments


all the ratings above are 4-5/5's. And the review had a very positive outlook toward this album. Strike Anywhere can be compared with...Rise Against? Im going to make this a "must" to check out. Oh yeah and good review, it has me convinced.

Cesar
December 28th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How does this album and band compares to A Wilhelm Scream?



Edit: Nevermind, I checked them out. Great stuff.This Message Edited On 12.28.07

AndyRictor2000
May 5th 2009


146 Comments


Really glad i caught these guys with riverboat gamblers. Great review; short and sweet

drasticaction74
February 1st 2011


1837 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this floored me as soon as I heard it.

Digging: Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle

random
July 17th 2011


2612 Comments


Infared is a great song.



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