Bent Blue’s melodic hardcore sound calls to mind many bands from the past, with a strong ’80s and ’90s vibe, but the Southern California quartet distill all those influences into a distinct sound with a ton of catchy riffs. I dug this from the first listen, and it only grew on me with subsequent plays. Lyrically, the band digs into serious subjects, including gun control and immigration among other topics, while conveying an overall positive message and inspiring countless singalongs. What more could you want? –Paul J. Comeau (War, [email protected])