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The Casualties: Resistance
Hardcore, Punk
Season of Mist Records
September 21st, 2012
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Formed in 1990, The Casualties are a return to the “Street Punk” sound that they feel died off in the mid-eighties. Since first coming together, they have released eight albums, a few EPs, live recordings, and appeared on numerous compilations. Anyone who is a Punk fan has at least heard of their name before, if not well aware of what they are all about. For 2012, Season of Mist Records have picked the band up to issue their ninth studio full-length release, Resistance. But, will this one be another return to their cherished Punk roots, or does this lack all the components that made The Casualties stick out in the Punk world in the first place?

Resistance isn’t another raw, hole-in-the-wall recording like many bands in the Punk genre that aren’t catering to a mainstream sound seem to like doing anymore. While the quality isn’t too rich, it does capture the instruments and rebellion well. The guitars have a slight buzzing and a somewhat higher-pitched sound, moreso on the faster tracks than the slower ones, and the bass is pretty obvious in the mix, though not too deep to make much more of an impact other than helping the rhythm stay alive as a supporting instrument. The vocals stand out over everything else, ranging from a harsher, aggressive shouting that sounds great with the speed and energy the music puts forward, and clean gang chants that often are deeper and make a nice contrast to the lead vocals. Both stand out well, though the latter moreso. Finally there’s the drums, which are just as pristine. The snares sound tight, the bass kicks have a decent click to them, and the cymbals are pretty crisp as well, all coming through at around the same level as the guitars.

There’s fiften tracks total available (sixteen on some versions), and it’s the faster, more aggressive material that really stands out the most. “My Blood. My Life. Always Forward.” kicks things off with a high-speed two-stepping assault. The harsher vocals add much more enthusiasm to the mix, as do the gang chants, but the slightly complex chords in the bridges are really catchy. The verses alone are enough to make you want to run to the nearest living thing and kill it, and the chorus is about the same, though it seems to lose a touch of steam. Thankfully, it’s not enough to hurt the song in any way, and the slower closing wraps up the pride-filled anthem perfectly. “Behind Barbed Wire” actually finds the energy increasing even more. The complexity doesn’t quite exist, but the guitar solo that erupts a little more than a minute in is short and sweet, adding to the hostility that doesn’t let up until the very end.

That hostility doesn’t really last long though, which opens up the band to a little more variety. “Resistance” is a decent song, but at the same time, this effort doesn’t really come off that unique a composition. The harsher vocals don’t quite match the catchier Punk riffs like the clean gang singing does for the chorus. The atmosphere is upbeat for this one, which can easily throw you off given how much aggression exists throughout the album. “South East Asian Rebels” is still a catchy song with a little less speed, but has a good amount of energy behind it. The gang chants take on more harmonization, and the rhythm of the song is far more infectious, as well as a little easier to get into thanks to the simpler chords being performed, as well as in the drumming that uses more deeper, booming snares at times. “No Hope” is another somewhat upbeat song, but is still a heavy, hard hitting offering that doesn’t really sound as generic as “Resistance.” The harmonized gang chants work in favor of the music far better this time around. But one of the jewels to this album is “Corazones Intoxicados,” which is just a fun track all around that has an ample amount of energy that the harsher vocals work great with it.

With fifteen songs total, and only one song really sounding out of place, yet oddly the title track, Revolution is actually a superb example of quality Hardcore Punk. Fans of The Casualties definitely will not be let down by this release, as there’s plenty of solid, quality tracks that never actually feel like filler material. With an enjoyable audio quality backing it up, the hostility and rebellious tones of the album will definitely hit the lifelong Punks hard, standing as anthems for the decisions they’ve made in their lives towards their musical loyalty. If you’re a fan of “Street Punk” or just the more aggressive side of the Punk world in general, then Revolution by The Casualties is easily one of the more important releases for you to keep an eye out for.

01. My Blood. My Life. Always Forward. – 2:09
02. Behind Barbed Wire – 1:45
03. Resistance – 2:16
04. Modern Day Slaves – 2:22
05. Warriors on the Road – 2:35
06. South East Asian Rebels – 2:02
07. Morality Police – 2:31
08. Brick Wall Justice – 1:55
09. Always Walk Alone – 2:32
10. Constant Struggle – 1:53
11. It’s Coming Down on You – 2:20
12. Life on the Line – 1:51
13. No Hope – 2:04
14. Corazones Intoxicados – 4:56
15. Voice of the Outcast – 2:55
Overall Score: 9/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Season of Mist Records.