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Agnostic Front
Another Voice
January 2005
Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast / Sound Pollution
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Agnostic Front is back with a new studio album and a new label. Agnostic Front have been in the business for so long that I don’t think they need any introduction. Their debut album, UNITED BLOOD, came back in 1983 and the band have continued to deliver albums since then. ANOTHER VOICE is the follow up to WORKING CLASS HEROES from 2002 and this album is their thirteenth album. Agnostic Front is one of the ground breaking bands in their genre and by that I mean the Hardcore genre. That means anger, attitude, energy and brutality. Agnostic Front are considered the Godfathers and inventors of New York hardcore and they put the hardcore scene on the map.



The band together with the producer Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and veteran guitar player Matt Henderson (Agnostic Front and Madball) have delivered a long awaited follow up to the classic LP ONE VOICE from 1992. New York hardcore is still alive and kicking. Jasta and Henderson know exactly what they’re doing and the production sounds excellent. It sounds aggressive, brutal and hard, just like it should do. Vocalist Roger Miret takes up a big part of the soundscape with his really angry voice and he gets help in the chorus by some really angry choirs. Vinnie Stigma and Lenny Didafani also play a big part in the soundscape with their razor sharp guitar play and Mike and Steve Gallo hold a steady and brutal grip on the rhythm section. These musicians really shows that “hardcore for life” isn’t an empty slogan.



The band runs through fourteen tracks in thirty minutes, which means this is straight-in-your-face without any compromises. strictly hardcore the band delivers. I don’t know who’s written the music and lyrics but according to the info note the songs ought to be about “the day-to-day reality of waking up, reading the newspaper and walking around New York City’s rough neighborhoods. ANOTHER VOICE takes a long hard look at why the world is still a fucked up place. It tackles some very real shit that’s going down. Street justice, world destruction and back stabbing”



Well, it’s pretty obvious then what the band are singing about. Miret has said that there is no rock star hang-ups or over-inflated head preventing him from walking through doorways. “We live this. It is our lifestyle and our way of life.”



I can’t find any negative tings on this splendid album, but maybe it should be the cover that doesn’t look appealing to the buyers. I must also mention the short playing time on only thirty minutes. But even though there’s fourteen tracks you still want to hear more, it doesn’t feel like it’s fourteen songs. It feels like a little bit more playing time wouldn’t hurt.



Killer tracks “All Is Not Forgotten”, “Fall On The Parasite”, “Pride, Faith, Respect”, “So Pure To Me”, “Dedication” and “Still Here.” Of all the high class songs these are the ones that stands out a bit more.



Agnostic Front are going to kick off a European tour early during 2005. To quote the first song, after so many years in the business the legendary Agnostic Front is “Still Right Here”.
Track Listing

1. Still Here
2. All Is Not Forgotten
3. Fall Of The Parasite
4. Pride, Faith, Respect
5. So Pure To Me
6. Dedication
7. Peace
8. Take Me Back
9. Hardcore! (The Definition)
10. Casualty Of The Times
11. No One Hears You
12. I Live It
13. It’s For Life
14. Another Voice

Lineup

Roger Miret – lead vocals
Vinnie Stigma – guitar
Lenny DiSclafani – guitar
Mike Gallo – bass
Steve Gallo – drums


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Agnostic Front
Another Voice
February 2005
Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

I’ll admit to knowing Agnostic Front in name only before receiving their latest platter of old school NYC hardcore, ANOTHER VOICE. I’ll even admit to being surprised that they were still a productive band in 2005. This not a genre I am well-versed in nor is it something that I really WANT to be well-versed in. That aside, ANOTHER VOICE is a surprising slab of aggression complete with plenty of breakdowns, “hardcore for life” lyrics and tough guy posturing (one can almost feel the testosterone surge when listening to the CD) that one expects on a release from a band like Agnostic Front. The guitars from founder member Vinnie Stigma and Lenny DiScalfini are pretty solid with solos and plenty of cool riffs in each song with “Still Here” and “Casualty of The Times” being the best examples. At fourteen tracks and only 27 minutes in length, ANOTHER VOICE follows the hardcore formula of hit hard and fast and move on. The problem lies in the repetitiveness of the tracks as one tends to bleed into the next. Each song deals with pretty much the same subjects (pride, loyalty, hardcore values) and Roger Miret’s delivery never wavers from an annoying nasally sneer. A few guest appearances (Jamey Jasta and hardcore legends Matt Henderson, Scott Vogel and Karl Buechner) try to spice things up but this is pretty standard fare from a band that has proven themselves in the hardcore trenches for over twenty years and is apparently quite comfortable in those shoes.



**The music video for “Peace” (with guest appearance by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta) is also included on the CD.



KILLER KUTS: “Still Here,” “Fall of The Parasite,” “Peace,” “Casualty of The Times”
Track Listing

1. Still Here
2. All Is Not Forgotten
3. Fall of The Parasite
4. Pride, Faith, Respect
5. So Pure To Me
6. Dedication
7. Peace
8. Take Me Back
9. Hardcore! (The Definition)
10. Casualty of The Times
11. No One Hears You
12. I Live It
13. It's For Life
14. Another Voice
**”Peace” music video

Lineup

Roger Miret—Vocals
Vinnie Stigma—Guitar
Lenny DiSclafini—Guitar
Mike Gallo—Bass
Steve Gallo—Drums


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Agnostic Front
Another Voice
February 2005
Released: 2004, MetalGeorge
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: MetalGeorge

Ah, my absolute favorite hardcore band of all time has returned with a new record, this time on the surprising label choice of Nuclear Blast. While I must admit that, on my initial listen, I wasn’t very into ANOTHER VOICE , I can say proudly that my opinion has changed after subsequent spins of this disc. Sure, Roger Miret’s voice may have seen better days (check out album low point “All Is Not Forgotten” as proof), and the band’s glory period of VICTIM IN PAIN and CAUSE FOR ALARM may be way behind them, but ANOTHER VOICE is just the righteous kick in the face this band needs in order to be vital again.



This record displays the band’s more metal/crossover influenced side, represented on such past albums such as LIBERTY AND JUSTICE and the forgotten ’92 gem ONE VOICE. Given the fact that both share related album titles is no coincidence, either. ANOTHER VOICE could definitely be considered the logical sequel to it’s predecessor, as it contains the same moshy, metallic riffage that was Agnostic Front’s bread and butter in the late 80s and early 90s.



What’s cool about this set of songs, however, is how they believably link that crossover sound (admittedly a dated genre, for sure) with the pure, unadulterated hardcore fury that permeated the band’s rawer, early roots. Make no mistake, within AF’s muscular metal frame beats the punk rock heart that has always laid within the band’s core from Day 1.



There are still plenty of thrash riffs and breakdowns to suit the head banging set, however. Pick any track you like: from “Peace” to “Take Me Back”, to “I Live It”, to “Casualty of the Times”, to “Dedication”, ANOTHER VOICE has plenty of wacked out solo breaks and circle pit inducing riff sections to make any metalhead proud. This is one hell of a energetic and powerful listen.



Moreover, I’d venture to say that this is indeed the best record the band has done since 1992, and is a vicious statement of intent. Agnostic Front is back with a fucking vengeance, and are taking no prisoners this time. ANOTHER VOICE is a damn fine hardcore record from a group of certified legends, and is proof that this style of music can truly move people when performed from the heart and with this kind of dedication.



Anyone remotely into hardcore music would do well to invest their time and money into ANOTHER VOICE. Fan-fucking-tastic.
Track Listing

1. Still Here
2. All Is Not Forgotten
3. Fall of the Parasite
4. Pride, Faith, Respect
5. So Pure to Me
6. Dedication
7. Peace
8. Take Me Back
9. Hardcore! (The Definition)
10. Casualty of the Times
11. No One Hears You
12. I Live It
13. It’s For Life
14. Another Voice

Lineup

Roger Miret - vocals
Vinnie Stigma--guitar
Mike Gallo-bass
Steve Gallo-drums
Matt Henderson--guitars


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