If you’re old enough, you might remember back in the early 2000s when Rise Against came out with their debut album, The Unraveling. It was solid melodic hardcore/punk with passion and catchy songs that also had some hard edges. Then something happened and they became boring rock’n’roll that seemed devoid of anything that compelled me to want to listen to them. Well, if you miss that early Rise Against, Lifeline Lost from Helsinki, Finland, might be for you. While a little more poppy than early Rise Against material, they can still be pretty fast at times and the vocals are more singing than screaming. In some ways it’s more reminiscent of Ten Foot Pole, except in the vocals area. The songs are all sung in English, and while I’m normally not a fan of non-native English speakers singing in English, it seems to suit the style the band is playing. No Room For Hate isn’t the best thing ever, but it’s promising, and makes me interested in hearing more.
–kurt (Self-released, facebook.com/lifelinelost)