Sound: Melodic, activist hardcore with a dire urgency for social change delivered through Tim McIlrath’s commanding bark, throaty screams and lots of rally-cry choruses.
Look For: The jarring change of pace in the form of their strings-and-female-backing-vocal ballad “Roadside.” We’re lucky, it could have been much worse. This is just a caution that such a song exists amongst the rest of the amped-up rock.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Chamber the Cartridge“; “Drones“; “Ready To Fall”
Medium Rotation tracks: “The Good Left Undone“; “Under the Knife“; “Behind Closed Doors”
Recommended: If you like your issue-heavy aggression balanced with sing-along hooks.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2006 Candidate)
(As posted 7/24/06 on davepowersmusic.com)
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