I’ve always loved the “screw the rules” mentality of hardcore punk. It has fury and intensity that you don’t find in a lot of other music. This disc captures a lot of that for me. It really calls to mind old school hardcore.
I look back on the days of the rise and peak of hardcore with fond memories. All the old school punks shows were intense. I find a lot here that takes me back to those days.
The opener bears the title “Don’t Let It Rain.” I’m reminded of some of the slower hardcore punk sounds. This is a great tune and a good way to open the disc. That hardcore punk vibe gets reinforced on “How’d I Ever Live.” It is faster paced and more fiery.
Grunge meets classic rock and roll and punk on “I Got A Feeling.” It is one of the most mainstream things we get on this album. “Before Time Began” takes me back to the heady days of the rise of hardcore. It’s definitely the kind of thing that was part of that whole movement. I like this a lot.
I’m even further nestled into my old school hardcore world on the more rocking sections of “Fly Away.” The mellower stuff doesn’t gel as well, but I like the slow guitar solo. “Burning Wheels” is more in line with bluesy rock than the hardcore of a lot of the set. It’s not really my favorite thing here. It seems to take some of the fire from the set. It’s not bad. It’s just not as strong as the rest.
I don’t get why they would close the album with “Take Me Down.” It’s a mellower tune that’s more set in old school rock and roll. It just doesn’t really fit with the rest of the set. It sure doesn’t belong as the last song. It really does take the experience down. Without that final misstep, I’d rate this album higher. Even, though, if you (like me) often find yourself missing the old days of real punk rock, you will feel at home here.