Monday, January 21, 2008

Anti-Flag - For Blood and Empire (and The Terror State)

In theory, Anti-Flag's debut album on a major record label (RCA) could have been destined for failure within hardcore anti-establishment circles. Quite the opposite, the album serves as a testament to the modern generation of punks fighting the good fight against essentially all that is wrong with the world, from within the confines of "the corporation." And they do it to an intense tempo and screaming choruses. Very few bands I've heard can honestly incorporate a blistering punk pace while sustaining some semblance of any type of harmony. Sometimes that is the point, but more often than not, the songs become lost within the album and that leads to drowning the message in sound. Characteristic of Anti-Flag, they avoid this and deliver the music with such passion and acuteness that makes you want to take action. As requested, I also uploaded The Terror State. Standout tracks: "This is the End (For You My Friend)," and "Hymn for the Dead." Rating: 9.5/10

This is the End (for You My Friend)


Anti-Flag - The Terror State:

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