Sound — 10
The latest Anti-Flag album is different to any other previously released. In some ways its like The Terror State, at least in recording quality its as good or better. The drumming is maybe a bit slower than on other albums, and Anti-Flag seem to have re-shuffled the volume of the instruments, bass and guitar turned down, and drums and vocals cranked up. Its less blatantly punk as albums like Their System Doesn't Work For You, with some slower riffs like on 'Emigre'. But the political side to the album is stronger than previous albums, the last song being purely about Depleated uranium and its horrific effects. Lead guitar repeatedly throws out some of the best high pitched riffs I've heard, from the first to the last song, Justin sane appears not to drop below his 12th frets, which works really well with the usual amazingly skilful basslines and powerful singing.
Lyrics — 9
Like the other albums, this album is highly politically orientated, with many songs like 'The WTO Kills Farmers' purely about political issues. The whole band takes a more active role in the vocals, many chorus' featuring the whole band, apart from maybe pat thetic. The lyrics are more in time with the music than the earlier albums, which gives the songs a better sense of timing and beat. Like 'Mind The GATT' on The Terror State, 'Depleted Uranium Is A War Crime' has some spoken word on it, which gives a lot of information yet somehow fits in with the background beat. The lyrics are still pretty indecipherable though, with only a few songs actually having discernible verses, so not the albums strongest feature.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is brilliant, the best I've bought this year and the best I'm likely to buy for a long time. But I still prefer The Terror State. This album contains a couple of songs with slower drum beats and less all-out punk riffs, and the whole album seams to show off the bass a little less than other albums, which is what got me into Anti-FLag to begin with. Still, its well worth the money and if I lost it id definitely but it again. Diverse sounds and new lyrical focus' make this album among my top 10 at the moment, and possibly top 5. The best songs in my opinion, are 'I'd Tell You But', 'Hymn For The Dead' and 'The Press Corpse' which are all pretty amazing.