Reviewed: January 2005
Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast / Sound Pollution
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”.
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