400 Years

The New Imperialism

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A third and final installment in the classic 400 Years protocol of combining mechanical, grindy, screamish hardcore with poppy, melodic punk sounds. Drifting back to the sound on their first album from their more polished second album Transmit Failure, The New Imperialism again captures the more raw, sandpaper-scraped side of the band, erupting in the classic hardcore sounds not unlike veterans Policy of Three and Moss Icon, or labelmates Engine Down. Essentially, the overall vibe of this record is rather watered-down, falling into patterns of musical expectations and beating the same blue-in-the face lyrical themes that have been spurted off so many times. Start-stop rhythms, choppy metallic builds, gut-wrenched and sometimes exaggerated vocals (which get particularly ridiculous in the breakdown of the track "Who's Driving This Thing Anyways?," stereotypical "pretty" emo" breakdowns and a few politically charged samples -- all of the elements of your classic socially critical hardcore punk rock album are cemented in their well-worn places. It's nothing you haven't heard before, and nothing that you won't hear again hundreds of times over.

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