Escape the Fate went through a lot in 2008, not the least of which was the incarceration of singer Ron Radke. Now re-loaded with Blessthefall vocalist Craig Mabbitt, the band has struck back with the dynamic THIS WAR IS OURS. Neither a raging storm of hardcore screams nor a wounded, emotional mess, the album focuses on Escape the Fate’s strengths. The opener, “We Won’t Back Down,” is blazing and anthemic, with classic “whoas” in the chorus, and the title track balances metalcore toughness with urgent melodies that sound like a band on a mission.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Forget