The Bronx
The Bronx (III)


4.5
superb

Review

by Athom EMERITUS
December 3rd, 2008 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Bronx are back, kicking ass and taking names.

Just like any major metropolitan expanse, Los Angeles has a glorified image that doesn't fit the cold reality of the city. You don't have to look far beyond the clubs, beaches and miles of urban sprawl to to see the true nature of Los Angeles. On Hollywood's mega-hyped Sunset Strip you are more likely to be accosted by an army of strung-out and tattered homeless than meet your favorite debutante starlet. Its this dichotomy that made Los Angeles home to many of the movers and shakers of the punk scene. Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion and The Minutemen all cut their teeth in the City of Angels. Some 20 years after the rise of the LA hardcore scene, The Bronx rekindled it's spirit on their 2003 eponymous debut and mixed it with their brand of highly energetic rock and roll. 2006 saw the release of yet another eponymous release this time adding touches of psychedelia and desert rock into their sound. Now its two years later and The Bronx are back with another album titled, you guessed it, The Bronx.

The Bronx (III) sees The Bronx dropping the trippier influences that ran through their previous album in favor of a more streamlined Rock & Roll assault that makes The Bronx (III) a much easier listen. Picture Queens of the Stone Age covering Black Flag but without Josh Homme's droning croon weighing it down. In its place is the raging Matt Caughtran. His rough and tumble mix of throaty screams and whiskey soaked cleans make nearly every song on The Bronx (III) an instant anthem. Its impossible not to scream along to lines like "Maybe in the next life I'll be a hero, not a criminal." (from Past Lives) when they are belted out with such infectious passion. The band behind Caughtran is just as raucous and energetic is he is. Guitarists Joby Ford and Ken Horne provide plenty of headbangingly awesome no-nonsense riffs and Jorma Vik beats the hell out of his drum kit in every song. The Bronx (III) bleeds intensity.

The Bronx have emerged at just the right time. With scores of epicene mall-punk kids treating music as a fashion trend, The Bronx prove that Rock & Roll is about playing whatever the hell you want louder than anyone else. And in that sense The Bronx (III) is a statement album. It shows that while fads may come and go you really cant beat good ol' Rock & Roll and The Bronx rock with the best of them.



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hegster90
December 3rd 2008


96 Comments


It's about time someone reviewed this.

Good job, but it's a tad short.

Bleak123
December 3rd 2008


1900 Comments


i liked the bronx (II) so i will have to check this out

rotterdog
December 3rd 2008


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice... I love good loud punk rock. I'll have to check this out.

Oneironaut
December 4th 2008


445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

" His rough and tumble mix of throaty screams and whiskey soaked cleans make nearly every song on The Bronx (III) an instant anthem."



Nice review, I really liked that line. This album rules pretty hard

DDconjoined
December 4th 2008


345 Comments


yeah decent review for a fucking brilliant album, this was in my top 10 for 08,

spudnik
December 7th 2008


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review on a great album...i gave this one 4.5

Comrade
December 16th 2008


93 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everything The Bronx have released is amazing. :rolleyes:

theonlyjabever
December 16th 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw them live last week, they still play a lot of old stuff which is good. The album has grown on me more than i thought it would.

xThisFireBurnsx
February 12th 2009


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

saw them at warped tour last year

they put on a hell of a show. this album is really good like their other releases

defjaw83
February 21st 2009


1805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band just keeps getting better and better.



Need to see them live again

Inveigh f**ng rules!This Message Edited On 02.23.09

rotterdog
May 24th 2009


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah Inveigh is my favorite off this.

handoman
July 30th 2009


2386 Comments


whoa this album is sick

AndyRictor2000
September 27th 2009


146 Comments


these guys made an all mariachi album with one of the members from Los Lobos. Check it out. Totally different direction.

telebyrd
June 11th 2011


869 Comments


OUT HERE ON THE BORDERLINE

YOU GOTTA HOLD IT TOGETHER

bungy
December 17th 2012


8998 Comments


"Past Lives" and "Six Days a Week" dudes



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