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on March 25, 2009
At 29 minutes long, and each song averaging 2 mins, this is fast & furious stuff! As Roger Miret says on the liner notes, Hardcore Punk IS
Street Music, and that's a good analysis. The album has a very raw, almost live feel, unlike the more polished later albums such as the excellent Warriors. The guitar tone is more of the UK82 buzzsaw sound than the more recent metalcore touches and the riffs are fast & spiteful.
I'm struck by just how bass-heavy the production is (I love bass!) with some very aggressive four string attack which along with the drums makes for a very percussive sound - kind of like being hit repeatedly with a baseball bat. Miret's vocals are the best I have heard from him here, again the later albums have a slightly forced vocal style with a very pronounced NYC drawl, and a hint of Rap about them - on RRU they are more old school; raw, hoarse and shouting. I guess, just more Punk!
That's the thing, there is more of a Punk feel to this than Metal, as evidenced in the sparse lead breaks from Vinnie Stigma - far more in the style of The Clash than say, Metallica. It's all about the feel, not technique, which is just as well as AF are not the most skillful players or even the best songwriters BUT there is a working class, hardworking honesty & integrity about them which is always very evident.
At the end of the day, it's all Rock so give it a go, even if Iron Maiden is more your thing - there's enough aggression & heavy guitar present.
Some lyrics with something to say as well.
My Fav Track; My Life - loud, raucous, with a catchy shoutalong chorus that just needs a beer or two!
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