F.O.D.: Harvest: LP/CD

At first sight I thought this was new material from Flag Of Democracy but it turned out that F.O.D. is from the Netherlands and happens to be one of the most proficient Bad Religion copyists I have ever heard. That’s not intended to be a pejorative comment as, for the most part, it’s done extremely well and I do like quite a lot of Harvest, the band’s third album. There are moments where some of the songs veer away from that tried and tested formula. These are where I lose my way as they lack any noticeable point of interest. I don’t know whether it’s intentional or not, but I did pick up “epitaph” and “against the grain” amongst the lyrics, which only bolstered the impact that the veterans from California have on this record. –Rich Cocksedge (Bird Attack, [email protected], birdattackradio.com.com)