Released: 2011, Nuclear Blast
If you've stood in the same chorus-line that's been crying out for hardcore workhorses, Agnostic Front, to return to their roots, then chances are that mere mention of the phrase MY LIFE, MY WAY has you salivating like drug-sniffing dog on the streets of Columbia. Certainly, no one would blame you if you did - the hyperbole has been particularly prevalent with this one, with everyone from label PR to the band themselves all but promising a revisit of bygone age of VICTIM IN PAIN.
In reality, Agnostic Front's tenth full length is likely to only mildly sate your appetite for old school revelry. It's true that spirited singalong anthems feature more prominently than the bruising, overtly modern beatdowns found scattered across ANOTHER VOICE and WARRIORS. It's surprising too to find the band opt for the distinctly more organic sound offered by Erik Rutan's Mana Studios - a move that's done nothing if not amplify the testosterone levels of the record significantly. But a return to VICTIM IN PAIN, this most definitely is not; rather MY LIFE, MY WAY forges a logical continuum onward from its two most immediate predecessors, tossing in the odd vintage nod into the mix to spice things up along the way. Indeed, it's the early flurry of "City Streets" and "Us Against The World" that presents the most pointed departure for the band - relatively speaking - and it's telling that they're still at their best when they're flexing their muscles so to speak.
The finest example of that is found on "A Mi Minera" - a cut delivered entirely in Spanish, which also boasts the vocal talents of AF frontman, Roger Miret's kid brother Freddie Crichen (Madball - here also involved as a producer). It's exactly this sort of punishing statement of intent that stands as a testament to Agnostic Front's enduring appeal, which for the most part is enjoyed by watching them on stage. Just make sure you bring along a crash helmet if you're planning on catching them on tour anytime soon; this new material was custom-built for pain.