DIRECT HIT: Crown of Nothing: CD

On the one hand, this is Hot Topic punk dealing with religion and I have no time for it. On the other hand, and I do mean this, if you’re an adolescent questioning your conservative religious upbringing, this could be a cathartic listen. Feels like an especially long forty-four minutes of pop punk and I wondered a couple times if The Matrix produced this in 2003 (they didn’t). I’ll also say I’m grateful for the occasional saxophone on this album. –Matt Werts (Fat Wreck Chords)