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Agnostic Front: My Life My Way
Hardcore
Nuclear Blast Records
March 22nd, 2011
Release length: 34:13
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When it comes to Hardcore bands, none are as widely known and respected as Agnostic Front. Considered one of the major players in the Hardcore world, their ability to blend that sound, while retaining a strong Punk atmosphere to their music with lyrics that cover the typical topics of loyalty and self respect have inspired plenty of other bands over the years. There is no doubt that the impact this band has had in the musical world has been tremendous, and over the years the band’s fame has only grown while the material never really seemed to change all that much from the basic foundation that group started out with. My Life, My Way proves to be no different, and that Agnostic Front is far from dead, despite their 1984 full-length debut.

Once again, the main focus on the lyrics for My Life, My Way essentially cover the band’s typical topics of self respect and loyalty. “City Streets” starts off with a strong mixture of Punk and Hardcore driven with aggressive music with hooks strewn about, mostly during the chorus. The vocals are a little too much on this track at first, especially at the start, and if you didn’t know what to expect vocally from the band, having a less then intimidating vocal approach that comes off more as a back of the throat attempt at Punk, but much like the kind of sound someone would make if they were punched in the gut and had the air escape with an “oomph”. This has always been one thing that I could never really get past with Agnostic Front, but luckily this is one of the only tracks that really seems to take it too far, especially when the harmonization kicks in and goes off key, and even seems to have a crack in the voice, as if he couldn’t reach the proper pitch and never went back to correct it for some reason. However, once “More Than a Memory” kicks in, the vocals feel more suiting for the music, which against has a more Punk vibe to them with a slight hint of Crossover Thrash that doesn’t take away from the general aggression of the music that occurs during the breakdown, verses, and the gang chants, all to make one solid Hardcore track that will have the fans dancing or moshing, whatever their preference may be. However, that Crossover Thrash element here is light, as there are strong implimentations of it on other tracks such as “A Mi Manera”, a Spanish language track that really incorporates some intensity outside of a typical Punk or Hardcore atmosphere.

While there’s a typical Hardcore/Punk aggression to the music, not all songs really have it as heavily as others. “Us Against the World” is lighter and seems to take on a more Rock approach then anything, making it an infectiously catchy hook driving track. But, though songs like that edists, there’s the heavily aggressive, more Hardcore then Punk tracks like “That’s Life” where the music hammers away with speed and a raw angry intensity that will make the listener feel like punching the nearest person to them. Of course, this song only lasts a minute and twenty seconds, and if it were any longer, it would definitely feel like it was just overstaying it’s welcome. While it’s a far more aggressive song, the music feels a little odd between the guitars and drums, and really doesn’t come across as one of the stronger tracks from the recording. Again, this track does feel more Thrash oriented, but sadly feels more like a failed attempt to incorporate it into the mix.

The band also has a few tracks on here that pay homage to some of the people that have passed away over the years. While “More Than A Memory” feels more like a personal song for a loss of someone considered a family member, or someone who had a dramatic impact in the writer’s life on a more personal level, there’s also “The Sacrifice” which finds the band paying homage on a more respectful level then a personal mournful manner. The track basically acknowledges the work of all those in the Hardcore scene, and perhaps more though the message seems to be geared towards those who had been an inspiration towards the writer more then anything, and basically saying that they respect those individuals for their work, and then even in death their works will live on. It’s one of those tracks a lyrical message that, while it does feel a little more narrow then it was perhaps intended, it becomes a song many fans of Hardcore, Metal, or any style of music can respect because of it’s message, and the insane amount of talented individuals we have lost over the years, from big name stars, to up and coming band members taken before they had the shot to really make an impact in the world on a major scale.

My Life, My Way becomes a nice little surprise for fans with how well the music is. While the sound the band has played has never grown stale, it seemed to fall somewhat due to the many staples the band continues to incorporate. It’s not a drastic change up, but the music here does have a little more of a unique approach, bringing in a more Punk feel to the songs with hook driven songs instead of trying to bring in a Hardcore and Crossover Thrash feel throughout the entire album. While the vocals can go a little over the top on the very energetic tracks, and some songs don’t quite work out as well as they clearly were intended, such as “That’s Life”, My Life, My Way presents enough solid Hardcore material that works with the vocals a lot better then some of the more recent releases from Agnostic Front and really stands out both in their discography, as well as in the Hardcore scene in general.

01. City Street – 2:22
02. More Than a Memory – 2:39
03. Us Against the World – 2:16
04. My Life, My Way – 3:51
05. That’s Life – 1:20
06. Self Pride – 3:13
07. Until the Day I Die – 2:20
08. Now and Forever – 2:51
09. The Sacrifice – 2:59
10. A Mi Manera – 2:50
11. Your Worst Enemy – 2:20
12. Empty Dreams – 2:19
13. Time Has Come – 2:51
Overall Score: 9/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Nuclear Blast Records.