In the Face of the Enemy


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In the Face of the Enemy Review

by Bradley Torreano

Hardcore punk and speed metal have been secret buddies for years, only letting the cat out of the bag every once in a while when a Corrosion of Conformity or Agnostic Front comes along. Disarray is another in a long line of bands not afraid to wear both influences on their sleeves with a sense of pride. But in their case, the results are not entirely satisfying. Some tracks are tight and solid little anthems that bring to mind the classic early-'80s skatepunk of Suicidal Tendencies. On these songs, the key to keeping the material interesting lies in the way Chuck Bonnett plays his vocals off of his fretwork, displaying a songwriting maturity that is a relief to hear. But the songs can also steer into mindless chugging at times, robbing them of their energy by needlessly drawing out the track. Still, the band has a good idea of what direction they are steering their music; they just need to cut away a little more of the fat, and they'll be a force to be reckoned with. Until then, they have released another promising album that slowly moves them closer to putting out a consistently rocking record.

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