ARCH RIVALS: Constant State of War: LP/CD

Oi band Arch Rivals hails from Plymouth, U.K., where I live, yet it’s gone totally under my radar over the past few years. Admittedly, I’m not a huge oi aficionado but the band doesn’t seem to play much locally, which probably explains my ignorance. Constant State of War is the band’s second album and it’s got a really powerful feel to it, with punchy anthems, singalong parts and, of course, a plethora of opportunities to shout out “Oi!” Aggression seethes from the speakers, creating a boisterous experience aided by a really strong guitar presence, which, at times, reminds me of where Cockney Rejects are at musically these days. A pleasant surprise and a band I now want to see live, as it should be a good night out. –Rich Cocksedge (Randale, diana@randale.de, randaleshop.de)

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