Sick of It All
The Last Act of Defiance


3.7
great

Review

by Willie STAFF
September 27th, 2014 | 37 replies


Release Date: 09/30/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is Sick of it All still fresh in 2014? If it's even a concern, you're in the wrong place.

On Sick of it All’s debut album KRS-One introduces the band and their style of music. On the track he talks about Sick of it All “spreading the hardcore reality in 89” – ending by telling the listener that the band’s music is “fresh for 89”. Twenty-five years later and the band are still doing the same thing – but is it still fresh for 2014" There’s no doubt that in 1989 Sick of it All’s sound was pretty damn fresh. It mixed hardcore with a heavier edge that was more known in metal circles and it worked. Every subsequent album kind of played with the metal/hardcore ratios, but otherwise kept the same formula. That changed when the band signed to Century Media in 2006 and enlisted Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dagoba) as their producer. Suddenly the crunch was much more pronounced and the intensity levels jumped 100% -- but it was still the same basic Sick of it All formula. So, is it still fresh for 2014"

If we take ‘fresh’ to mean ‘new’ or ‘different’ then the answer is a definitive ‘no’. If we use the 80s slang version of ‘fresh’ which means that something is cool or awesome then fuck yes it is. Sick of it All hit right from the start with the no-frills opener ‘Sound the Alarm’. It’s a high-speed, visceral hardcore song full of gravel throated vocals, gang shouts and a hardcore punk riff. This song pretty much sets the standard for the entire album. Whereas their previous release kind of lightened up and included some ‘fun’ elements, The Last Act of Defiance simply kicks ass with metal/hardcore riffs and high speed tempos for the entire duration. This album is probably the closest they’ve come to recreating the no-frills straight-up metallic hardcore of their debut, and it is certainly a welcome sound. There’s no real point in selecting individual tracks for further description because they’re all aggressive, in-your-face, hardcore full of biting riffs, violent tempos and confrontational vocals.

It’s amazing to think that twenty five years after their debut Sick of it All could still play with such energy, aggression and conviction. It’s even more amazing that they’ve managed to push those elements even further by trimming what little fat there was and filtering it through over two decades of experience. The Last Act of Defiance isn’t here to dazzle you with musicianship and diversity, it’s here to bludgeon in a way that only good hardcore can.




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Willie
Moderator
September 27th 2014


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really, what else is there to say?

EvoHavok
September 27th 2014


7655 Comments


I liked 'Based on a True Story'. This one seems fun, too. Nice read!

ExplosiveOranges
September 27th 2014


4408 Comments


Great review as always, Willie. Never got a chance to check these guys out, but I'll start soon.

KILL
September 27th 2014


81231 Comments


THE LAST ACT

OF DEFIANCE

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


hahaha

KILL
September 27th 2014


81231 Comments


will willie get the ref? :D

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


his fav is prolly atrocity exhibition b or wtf ever that was called

KILL
September 27th 2014


81231 Comments


lol fuck dukes

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


yeah im glad he got the boot

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


he'd be better off singin for, hell, this band even

Willie
Moderator
September 27th 2014


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't get the reference, but I recognized a few Exodus comments in the later comments.

KILL
September 27th 2014


81231 Comments


lol even these dudes dont want him sonic

and its first song on fabulous disaster willie dude, best exodus record check it

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


yeah dukes should sing for hatebreed or somethin

KILL
September 27th 2014


81231 Comments


dukes, blaze bayley, ripper owens and john bush should make a reject supergroup or some shit poor dudes

Willie
Moderator
September 27th 2014


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't heard that one. My favorite right now is Shovel-Headed Kill Machine and I don't like the vocalist that they just got back into the band.

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


well you wont dig fabulous disaster cause thats who's singin haha

bonded by blood is most regular people's favorite so check out that one

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


dude any replacement singer who shows up after the 3rd or 4th album or so is just fucked, period

KILL
September 27th 2014


81231 Comments


true, the only one i see working for the long haul is todd le queef as tate is such a fag

sonictheplumber
September 27th 2014


9825 Comments


oh yeah and dont forget brian johnson

Willie
Moderator
September 27th 2014


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ray Alder of Fates Warning, too.



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