REMAIN IN VAIN: Self-titled: CD

This is a tough one to nail down—it starts off with a traditional hardcore vibe and then moves into a series of breakdowns and tempo changes which, in my sometimes-humble opinion, works quite well. Sometimes it sounds like 1983 and 2008 in the same song, but into whichever era Remain In Vain’s song propels me at a given moment, the fury is the same, and it works. This isn’t a magnum opus of punk rock by any stretch, but it makes me feel like a kid again, so I’m happy with it. 

 –Eric Carlson (10:39)