I'm biased since this is the first thing I ever listened to with screaming in it, and opened countless doors for me. But I believe this holds up well in the year of our Lord 2014. With a few gratuitous tracks and definite highlights, this is an album well worth revisiting for nostalgic value and for a fun, emotional pop punk/hardcore hybrid.
What It Is To Burn is one of those albums that tests just how important nostalgia is to its listener. If you had a deep connection with it when the album first came out, chances are you'll love it. If you liked it, but weren't exactly enthralled with it, chances are you'll think it has aged horribly. I happen to be in that latter camp. When I was 15 this was great. Now at 26 it's nothing more than slightly less annoying bro-rock. It's not without its moments, but you might want to stick with how you remember it sounding rather than taking the time to give it another spin with an older set of ears.
Pop punk and post-hardcore working together. Nothing here is really new, but it's just such a fun and upbeat album to listen to, with surprising depth in a couple of the songs (Project Mayhem for instance).