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Agnostic Front Another Voice

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Agnostic Front - Another Voice
01. Still Here
02. All Is Not Forgotten AUDIO
03. Fall of the Parasite
04. Pride, Faith, Respect
05. So Pure To Me
06. Dedication
07. Peace
08. Take Me Back
09. Hardcore (The Definition)
10. Casualty of the Times
11. No One Hears You
12. I Live It
13. It's For Life
14. Another Voice
2004 Nuclear Blast Records

OUR SCORE
5
Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 3/13/2005

Rising from the mean streets of New York City in 1983, Agnostic Front have blazed a trail that literally thousands of bands have followed in the last twenty years. They are among the first real "hardcore" bands ever conceived and among the last men standing of that long-bygone era. They've had their share of success and failure, appreciation and scorn. Two decades after the release of their genre-defining classic Victim in Pain, Agnostic Front has brought us their eleventh studio recording Another Voice, an attempt to prove their continued viability in an ever-changing hardcore scene. With Roger Miret having let out his punk rock urges on the Disasters' albums, AF have recreated themselves in their own image: as a tough-guy NYHC band. While I can't say I'm blown away by the results of this musical rebirth, it's definitely a step in a positive direction.

I had planned on holding my major complaint about this disc until after I had discussed the positive, but as I listen to this disc time and again, it's the thing that sticks out most to me: the vocals. While I've never been a huge fan of Miret's stylings, they are unbearable on this disc. He sounds more like Dave Brockie's costumed counterpart Oderus Urungus (of GWAR) than any sort of hardcore singer I've ever heard. The only hardcore fan I can imagine these vocals appealing to are those who can stomach 25 Ta Life. I suppose it's respectable that Miret is still going strong after all these years, but his attempt at adapting his vocals to their more current style makes this album an unpleasant listening experience out of an otherwise enjoyable album.

While I can't really complain about the musical content of the disc, there is a certain curious irony at work here. For this record, Agnostic Front seem to have been influenced heavily by the bands they themselves influenced. The hand of producers Zeuss and Jamey Jasta is all over this record. Joining AF veterans Vinnie Stigma and Miret are Mike and Steve Gallo of On The Rise. This addition may have something to do with the band's newfound sound as well, but Miret and former guitarist Matt Henderson were behind all the songwriting for the disc. Honestly, if this record had surfaced with Jamey Jasta's vocals on it, I would've believed it was a Hatebreed record minus the pseudo-metal riffs. Jasta does contribute vocals, alongside hardcore legends Karl Buechner of Earth Crisis and Scott Vogel of Buried Alive, Despair and Terror.

The songs are relatively formulaic and the lyrics aren't anything to brag about, but I don't think it's fair to fault Agnostic Front for sounding a lot like an updated version of classic New York hardcore. They did invent it after all. I was a bit disappointed to know that with over fifty years collectively of hardcore living under their belt, Miret and Co. weren't able to offer any sage-like words of wisdom or personal insight to those who carry the torch of hardcore in 2005.

Anyone who's ever heard a record Zeuss produced should know essentially what this sounds like. Some of the usual thickness has been peeled away to let AF's punk rock roots shine through, but other than that, the metalcore double bass click and Hatebreed-esque guitar tone dominate this album.

Bottom Line: It was nice to see that guys who invented hardcore are still interested in keeping it going and contributing to its future, but this record just didn't match up to the classics. If it weren't for the vocals, this disc would've been a much more welcome addition to my music collection. I still recommend this for die-hard Agnostic Front fans and people who aren't easily turned off by terrible vocals, but I can't say a whole lot more.

Comments
justin_   posted 5/12/2005 11:43:27 AM
agnostic front is the shit. they always have been and always will be. The new record is a little too moshy, but it has grown on me. No one (ESPECIALLY ON THIS SITE!) should hate on agnostic front, without them, hardcore as we know it wouldn't be the same...neither would metal, metalcore, or punk rock. and yes metal and metalcore...even jake bannon flat out said that converge is influenced by them. stop hatin kiddos.
natas-101_   posted 3/21/2005 3:36:38 PM
Hey, dumbshit, this review was for AF, not EC. Let it go, I think Earth Crisis sucks, you like them, whatever. I think Karl is full of shit, based on what I've been told from people who lived there (Sean Ingram) then, you do have to admit that a bass player that smokes pot in a straight edge band is pretty much bullshit, but you disagree, that's fine. I just pesonally feel that there is no good reason to have Karl doing vocals on an AF record, and I don't get it... that was my point. That's like
PALMER LCC_   posted 3/20/2005 3:15:13 PM
oh yeah and karl the rich kid?? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHAA what a f*ckin fluke. and good for your dad workin his ass off, buy him a dropkick murphys cd and shake his hand. what a miserable f*ckin prick you are nate. maybe you should come back to the cuse and see all these frauds in action. or maybe catch karl in his limosine. call his rep or something. ass
Skinhead J_   posted 3/19/2005 6:45:31 PM
f*ck all these Straight Edge pussies. I like to
eat steak, drink Jack Daniels and smoke bud.
Go preach to someone who gives a f*ck. Earth
Crisis suck dck. This is about Agnostic Front
not about your gay ass lifestyle. Live hard or die.
Dee-mo_   posted 3/19/2005 6:45:25 AM
natas, shut your mouth. suck it up. Im living in some f*ckhole of an accuse for a parent, and I help my pops pay rent....so shut your f*ckin mouth,this world isnt breakin your balls. Earth Crisis rules. I dont care about all your pussies conspiracy theories. THEY RULE, END IT. None of you kids will ever amount to what theyve accomplished. Theres a reason why there so big,its because they own. I hate all of you gays...except for That dude a couple comments up who called you guys a bunch of whinni

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