Sound — 9
Four Year Strong, from Worcester Massachusetts are best described by their fans as "pop mosh" or "bubblegum hardcore". Blending elements of modern Hardcore and Pop Punk to create a sound that they state as "exactly what they want to hear." Noteable influences include: New Found Glory, the Gorilla Biscuits and Saves the Day. Which can be heard all throughout their newest release "Rise or Die Trying". FYS incorperates breakdowns, double bass kicks, gang vocals and growls (all aspects of modern day Hardcore ex: Bury Your Dead, xLiferuinerx) along side Poppy vocals, catchy guitar licks and solid basslines. Definately giving fans something to dance to. Whether that be hardcore "throwing down" or just plain dancing.
Lyrics — 9
As far as lyrics and singing, I'd have to say both are pretty solid. Guitarist and frontman Dan O'Connor, who's voice can be compared to that of Patrick Stump of fellow record label mate Fall Out Boy and Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory, sings well for this style of music, with help from guitarist Alan Day. Making an interesting shared vocal experience. As far as lyrics, typical pop punk lyrics mostly about relationships and girls, but with interesting choices of words and sayings, making awesome gang vocal chants and catchy choruses anyone can sing along too. Songs to check out on the album: "Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die.", "Bada Bing! With A Pipe!", "Wrecked 'em? Damn near killed 'em!", "Men are From Mars, Women are From Hell."
Overall Impression — 10
Overal impression, this is one of my favourite albums of all time. I love every single song on this album, there's nothing to hate in my opinion. I recomend this to fans of: Set Your Goals, New Found Glory, A Day To Remember, Fall Out Boy and Forever the Sickest Kids. Also, this band puts on an amazing live performance, touring with such bands as: From First To Last, the Starting Line and the southern powerhouses, Every Time I Die. Check them out on the Softcore tour across USA this fall!