BORN/DEAD: The Final Collapse: LP

Jan 23, 2008

I stopped reviewing my personal purchases a long time ago. If I did, I would be writing every day for the rest of my life. I buy way too much for my own good. That also means that it takes me a long time in getting around to listening to new stuff. In the case of this release, I pre-ordered a cool half red, half white splattered copy of this record. Not sure how long I have had a copy of this, but I know I hadn’t had a chance to listen to it. But it got pushed up the list real quick when there was a review copy in my box at HQ. Now I can nerd that copy and file it away and play the review copy. Glad that the circumstances worked the way it did. It’s an amazing record from this Bay Area band that keeps getting better and better with each release. I have seen them a few times and truly enjoy their live set. They capture the power of their music and propel it when they play live. On this record, the new songs outshine what they have done previously, taking their anarcho punk sound and pushing it to a new level with an outstanding recording that is not overproduced. The sound strikes you with solid force and is well mixed, letting all participants to be heard equally. The dual vocal attack keeps things interesting while they let you know what they are thinking. Eight songs was a well chosen amount to release (which includes a Crass cover). Not too little and not too much without feeling needy or overwhelmed. These guys tour quite frequently, so if they come though your neck of the woods, you have to witness it for yourself.

 –don (Prank)