Excess, Betrayal... and Our Dearly Departed (Fiend Music)
By: Mike SOS
This album's North American release was delayed for nearly two years, but it's definitely worth the wait, as EXCESS, BETRAYAL--AND OUR DEARLY DEPARTED triumphantly fills the gap between the zeal of Bad Religion and the sneer of Social Distortion. Nine tracks (plus five bonus cuts for making the stateside fans wait so long) chock full of fist-pumping punk rock like "30 Seconds" and "Roll Out the Red Carpet" make for an adrenaline-fueled experience that very few of today's punk rock bands can pull off convincingly. And if all of the punk rock bravado doesn't get you, then the best song written about the trials of being in a rock band since AC/DC's "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" is here, and it's called "Dying in a Rock & Roll Band", and it's worth the price of the disc alone. If you like heartfelt punk rock full of insight with most of the venom still intact, this is the disc for you.
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