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Anchors: Lost at the Bottom of the WorldLost at the Bottom of the World (2012)
Creator Destructor Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Given their sound, you'd think Anchors hailed from southern California. Turns out they're from another sunny locale, Australia. The band deals in catchy, snotty, angry punk in the vein of Strung Out and Face to Face with a smidgeon of Rise Against sprinkled on top. Much like their American cousins, .
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Given their sound, you'd think Anchors hailed from southern California. Turns out they're from another sunny locale, Australia. The band deals in catchy, snotty, angry punk in the vein of Strung Out and Face to Face with a smidgeon of Rise Against sprinkled on top. Much like their American cousins, Anchors also knows how to drop the shreddage when appropriate (dig the riffing on "From Miles Above").

Lost at the Bottom of the World is a remarkably strong record, almost supernatural in its execution. Take a song like "Lazarus Sign" for example. The drums power through a rapid fire punk beat while the guitars aim for something a little heavier and flashier. Yet through all the shouting, there's a hella catchy hook buried with the backing vocals. It's ridiculous. Half a world away, Anchors are killing it.

Running just over a half hour, the record doesn't have much in terms of filler. The only real knock against it is that the songs tend to have the same construction. The drums rarely do anything other than plow ahead really, really fast, generally leaving the showmanship to the guitars. Vocalist Brett Horsley pretty much has one mode: screamy scratchy. It's certainly not a bad style to cultivate, but some might folks might zone out or even consider the songs a little overstuff after a while.

Those complaints are minimal, though. Lost at the Bottom of the World is a rip-rockin' good time for one and all, picking up steam with each track. Next thing ya know, you're bopping along to the breakdown on "Coastlines" before you realize, "Holy sweet gosh dang, this album is almost over."

 

 
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damo (December 22, 2012)

face 2 face and rise against? what the fuck are you on???

Anchors are brilliant but this is not as good as bad juju. Again, jelone was right in terms of no filler, there's just no amazing tracks like "feelgood song of the year", "we are oscar mike" or "crush syndrome". Still great though (cold snap is the best song)

fast good hard melodic punk. Ignore the review

Stagedives (December 21, 2012)

On my top ten list for sure. shitty rating from the reviewer though!

Jeevz (December 21, 2012)

Yeah, I'd compare this band more to A Wilhelm Scream than anything else. Top 10 stuff here for sure. Aussies are killing it these days! Frenzal Rhomb made my album of the year last year and Local Resident Failure were close this year.

hayman (December 21, 2012)

Great band, great album. Top 10 for me, can't wait for another one.

killpeterson (December 21, 2012)

Finally this site has got a review up of this album!! ALBUM OF 2012 for sure, I've never commented on this site before after visiting daily for 10 years until seeing only it getting given 3.5 stars. These guys deserve everything they get & hopefully this review gets some new fans because I've had this on repeat since its release earlier this year.

exitenglish1208 (December 21, 2012)

THIS RECORD IS FUCKING AWESOME. enough said. also, this is the first time i've read comparisons of this band and /not/ seen a wilhelm scream mentioned.

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