Rancid
Honor Is All We Know


2.5
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Review

by tancrni USER (20 Reviews)
October 27th, 2014 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After five years Rancid come back with a not-so-tasty record, disappointingly dull and already heard.

Rancid’s fanbase can be divided into two categories: those who keep buying their albums no matter what they sound like, defining them masterpieces anyway, and those who try to be sensible and recognise when an album of theirs does not make any sense at all and therefore it should not be bought.
In particular, this “long-awaited” eighth studio album does not make a lot of sense.
Not because it’s bad, since it has also some pleasureable yet, honestly, not too valuable songs, but it’s the most irrelevant record they have ever released.
Since Indestructible, which was arguably the last properly worth-listening release, the band has not improved nor tried to do anything different, like they did in 1998 with Life Won’t Wait, adding a dash of ska to the once solid punk-revival sound, following the path taken in 1995 with the hit Time Bomb.

What Honor Is All We Know sounds like is Indestructible, but with a vocalist that after eleven years has completely lost his voice, banal guitar riffs and totally non-existent bass lines, which were kind of the signature of the band, as Matt Freeman’s skills distinguished them from other punk groups during the 90’s.
As a result, all the tracks sound very flat and aimless: there is no song which impose itself upon the others, and even the title-track, despite being catchy and enjoyable, struggles to be recognised among the others.
Also, the only two ska-ish songs are rather dull, one the copy of another. Evil’s My Friend is unlistenable while Everybody’s Suffering seems just a faster and slightly better reprise of the former: they are the classic example of the lack of variety that this album presents.
Well-thought are instead the opening and closing tracks: Back Where I Belong is catchy enough to trick you into carrying on listening to the record, while Grave Digger is harder than most of the other songs, embodying a sort of power closing to an overall boring album and trying to improve a little bit your general impression on it.
That does not mean they are the best songs though. Even if, as stated before, trying to find a stand-out track is a bit of a hard job, the duo Already Dead and Diabolical is somewhat interesting, for being entertaining and sounding a little fresher than the rest, which is really mediocre.

It is not clear whether this album was put together just to earn a few bucks or it was really intended to be enjoyed by the band’s enthusiasts, but the result is anyway quite unsatisfying.
Let the Dominoes Fall might not have been a brilliant album, but it was certainly not this tedious. It had more dynamic songs, some were good and many were bad, but the result was more interesting musically speaking. This record, despite not being a complete disaster, is just very average and boring throughout most of its 33 minutes.
With that said, if you belong to the first category (see para 1) then you will have no problem in finding this album fun to listen to, but if you do not and you are not looking for a laugh then you are highly recommended to skip it, avoiding to spoil the memories of the awesome early releases.

2.5/5



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Necrotica
October 27th 2014


10692 Comments


Would you say the record is pretty... rancid???

eddie95
October 27th 2014


707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The record itself is not that rubbish, I would say Rancid is pretty rancid right now

Rastapunk
October 27th 2014


1366 Comments


Review is pretty well written, have a pos. I will have to check this out though

zakalwe
October 27th 2014


31595 Comments


"Honour is all we know" along with making shite albums

Crawl
October 27th 2014


2696 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

extremely disappointing

deathschool
October 27th 2014


25923 Comments


I can't imagine this being anywhere near enjoyable. I'm not really that much of a fan of their old stuff, and it's been a long time even since then.

BMDrummer
October 27th 2014


14656 Comments


eh i'll jam anyway just because

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2014


57406 Comments


I haven't cared about this band since Indestructible


deathschool
October 27th 2014


25923 Comments


Wolves didn't even hold up all that great to me, haha.

Crawl
October 27th 2014


2696 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

both Wolves and Indestructible are great tho

eddie95
October 27th 2014


707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Indestructible is too underrated in my opinion, I actually prefer it over 2000

puffpunk
October 28th 2014


4 Comments


I love this band but this album is a bit of a disappointment, I was hoping for something more hard-core like the 2000 album ( NOT a fan of ska ) so it looks like I'll have to search elsewhere for fast aggressive head cracking punk, 2 average albums in a row, bring back the real rancid

deathschool
October 28th 2014


25923 Comments


The real Rancid is ska. The album that got everyone into the band is full of ska songs.

hahGAY
October 29th 2014


198 Comments


this is horrible. after a while Rancid started to become a parody of itself and the albums got worse and worse. can't even find one song i dig on here.

puffpunk
October 29th 2014


4 Comments


Sorry deathschool but I have to disagree, the first 3 albums only have a few ska songs amongst them.

eddie95
October 29th 2014


707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Puff's right, Let's Go and And Out Come the Wolves are mainly punk. Then if it's Life Won't Wait that got you into the band it's another business

danzig111
October 30th 2014


8 Comments


This is a marked improvement on domino's but not sure what everyone is expecting after all it's been 20yrs since Wolves and longer since Lets Go, name another punk band who's albums now are better than the ones they released 20yrs ago.

deathschool
October 30th 2014


25923 Comments


I mean you can disagree, but Wolves has plenty of ska on it, so it's not really an argument.

eddie95
October 30th 2014


707 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"This is a marked improvement on domino's but not sure what everyone is expecting after all it's been 20yrs since Wolves and longer since Lets Go, name another punk band who's albums now are better than the ones they released 20yrs ago."



No one here was expecting another Wolves or Let's Go, just a likeable solid album to jam occasionally, which this appears to be not.

Dryden
October 30th 2014


13550 Comments


shitty band



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