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Pennywise

Pennywise: From The AshesFrom The Ashes (2003)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Everyone has an opinion on Pennywise. You should could probably ask some homeless guy on the street what he thought of this band and he would have an answer, he might also stab you, so that's probably not a very good idea. I know most of you didn't actually come to read the review; you came to say.
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Everyone has an opinion on Pennywise. You should could probably ask some homeless guy on the street what he thought of this band and he would have an answer, he might also stab you, so that's probably not a very good idea. I know most of you didn't actually come to read the review; you came to say "Pennywise! This sounds like Pennywise! All their songs sound the same! HAHA! BRO!" But some of us still like this band. Let me take you back, way back to 1996. I was still in junior high back then; I don't even know what I was listening to at the time, Soundgarden or one of those bands. I would still listen to the radio to find "good music", even though I hated 99% of what I heard. "What's with all this love song bullshit? These bands have nothing to say." One day I was browsing through the local music store when I saw an album that I had never seen there before. "Pennywise? Hey, that's the clown from 'IT'. Wow! It has a bomb on it! I need to get this now!" I walked up to the cashier, threw down the money I had saved from cutting grass and went home to hear my newly purchased album, "About Time". From the first chords of "Peaceful Day" I was hooked, I had never heard a band play so fast and with so much passion. Their lyrics actually touched on things that interested me, doubts about religion, politics, personal struggles, etc. I would later purchase "Full Circle", "Unknown Road", "Pennywise", and "Wild Card/A Word From The Wise" all of which I listened to virtually non-stop. But some time in between the release of "Full Circle" and "Straight Ahead" I grew up. I still liked "Straight Ahead", but it didn't move me in the way that their rest of their material did. "Land Of Free" was met with a lukewarm reaction from me at best, at worst I realized that I had outgrown this band that they had little to offer me anymore. I felt bad, but at the same time "Fuck Authority" is an awful song and I couldn't believe that this was the same band that had evoked such feelings from me in the past.

That sure was a lot of rambling. "From The Ashes" still sounds like Pennywise, but there are little intricacies that set this one apart from their past couple of albums. The acoustic guitar on "This Is Only a Test of The Emergency Broadcast System", the piano on "Yesterday" (I know they've used piano before, but it was only as an intro or an outro), there are also some atypical riffs and more vocal harmonies than were present in the past, these are all new things. Of course you won't be able to see any of this if you aren't willing to look past the stigma of it being Pennywise. The lyrical content deals with personal problems as well as politics, but the political lyrics seem less contrived than they did on "Land of the Free". Thankfully, there's no song that is as brick-to-the-head blunt as "Fuck Authority". The closest thing on here in terms of having that vibe is "Rise Up", consequently, it is my least favorite song on the album. "Holiday In The Sun" is another fairly mediocre track that sounds like it was rightfully left on the cutting room floor during the Land of the Free" sessions. Luckily, the rest of album solid and some of the songs even hold up to the band's older material. Unlike the band's older work however, the best song on here (at least in my opinion) is the slowest. The melodic sing along "Yesterdays" has been stuck in my head since the first time I heard it. This is no small feat, as no Pennywise song has been able to accomplish this since "Full Circle". The band hasn't forgotten how to play fast skate punk though, as showcased by songs like "Now I Know". That is, after all what they are, a skate punk band that plays fast. They've never claimed to be anything more. Nonetheless, there are some differences here. The acoustic guitar on "This Is Only A Test of The Emergency Broadcast System" really caught me off guard. Jim's vocal carry this song, as he showcases my more melody than we're used to hearing from him.

So yes, it's Pennywise, yet it isn't rehashed. There are clear differences here, you can listen and realize this, or you can ignore it and complain after never listening it. The choice is really yours. If this album accomplished anything, it made me pull out "About Time" and "Full Circle" again. Who knows, maybe some kid in some boring, middle of nowhere town will come across this in a record store and it will open the door to a whole world of music he never even knew existed.

 

 
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rafiislost (July 16, 2012)

Best Pennywise record.

jofx1992 (February 7, 2011)

stop saying that its the same thing over and over agian people. this album sounds completely different than anything theyve ever done. its their most melodic record
you gona tell me Falling Down sounds like wouldnt it be nice or society????? punks suck with music because they dont know anything but chords and blah blah i hate thing blah blah. this album is very mature lyrically and musically. yesturdays hit me hard because its exactly to the bone how i feel about growing up.

it seems punks will hate anything that isnt a bands first ep
fucking shame

upthedrunx (October 21, 2008)

shit yeah

jimmyjjackamoose (July 5, 2007)

ok, punknews is offically made up of people who don't like punk or music in general. just ones who need some way to get their pre-pubescent agnst out.

pitoresco (June 11, 2007)

salvation, holiday in the sun are not that good. "now i know" is very well delivered but is liricaly lazy. Anyway, something to change, god save the usa and rise up are very good.

pennywise4life (December 23, 2006)

pennywise are the kings

Anonymous (October 3, 2006)

if you are perfect, then why change
pennywise rule

punk_rawker (October 2, 2006)

this is my fav band. and this is my fav album from pennywise, i cant believe how much hate they are getting, they represent everything i love about punk rock, and are the starters of good skate punk music,
pennywise rock on forever

Anonymous (May 25, 2006)

Pennywise is good.

the rest of you can go die.

F*** Authority is a great song... i know you might at first think about OOH they are just sticking it to the man, cmon get real. they just dont like some things about america and some things they do.
aim sn= skillzout

AIM me if u wanna argue

Anonymous (May 25, 2006)

Pennywise is good.

the rest of you can go die.

F*** Authority is a great song... i know you might at first think about OOH they are just sticking it to the man, cmon get real. they just dont like some things about america and some things they do.
aim sn= skillzout

AIM me if u wanna argue

Bastardzach (August 6, 2005)

Pennywise may be repetitive, but I still like their music. This record is decent, but has little replay value. This is a great band to see live, and none of their records truley capture the excitement of being at a Pennywise show.

buttbadgeronfire (September 1, 2004)

This is an alright album, and these songs are an awesome addition to their live set. The song "yesterdays" is a killer song.

*buttbadger*

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

A 7... HUGE pennywise fan, but this does not compare to about time and full circle... trust me!

I do like how they keep the same sound... nothing wrong with that. die.

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

This is a geat band. I love this disc. If you don't, you are straight up over analyzing it. Get a grip.

My thoughts exactly. I love this record. I can't beleive some of the shit I've read here.

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

a while down, someone said something about the cover art... IT IS FUCKING ANNOUYING LOOKING, i have a skate deck with the cover art on it, i still fucking hate the art work, lame shit to match a lame album, even a bonus dvd couldnt bring this shithole out of the garbage, this is yet another example of bands where you have to 'cut them off' after a bad album (ie land of the free) and ignore anything they release after that, or else you'll be dissapointed
cm

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

This is a geat band. I love this disc. If you don't, you are straight up over analyzing it. Get a grip.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

I finally heard the entire album just a couple days ago, and I think it's about time for the boys in PW to call it quits. This seems to be quite the sub-par effort and is just lacking something as a whole. Maybe I've just grown up and realized saying fuck the government over and over doesn't change anything. That's what's really bothered me with PW in the past couple years. You hear thier songs and they are fairly anti-government/system/authority, but they don't do anything about it. They just sit back and enjoy the fact that 14 year olds thin kit's cool to own every PW cd and at least 3 items of PW clothes. It's seriously time for them to hang it up, they are starting to get haggard!

Anonymous (October 23, 2003)

If you enjoy suck, There's nothing better than this album . . .
If you REALLY enjoy sucking you can start giving blowjobs. You could make upto 75 bucks a pop doing that, or at least that's what your mom charges OHHHHHHHH!!
That's the gist

Anonymous (September 18, 2003)

this album is great. probably better lyrically than Land of the Free, but alittle slower also. But its still good ol' Pennywise. and Fletcher is crazy.

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

i havent heard the cd so dont bother looking at my score...

i just want to comment on how everyone is using emo as such a trash label. Good charlotte is not emo its pop punk, call it what it is. There is semi-decent emo bands that actually call themselves emo.

Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

This CD is GARBAGE!

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

Pennywise gives me the shakes!

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

Pennywise give me the shits!

Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

serious dudes... pennywise are the heart and were the start of punk rock... these guys rock and still rock... all u guys who think they are plain dono wot punk is... pennywise rock... this album continues their great style...
and for the guy who said punk rock sucks... why are you at punknews.org??? dickhead

Nonsense (September 14, 2003)

"wow... doesn't seem to take much to get you to buy an alblum."

Uh... he said he was in junior high when that happened. 12 or 13 year olds generally don't need much motivation to buy things.

I've never really cared for Pennywise, but considering how there are many worse bands out there, I have to wonder what all the bitching is for.

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

Punk sucks!
pennywise sucks!
epitaph sucks!
this album sucks!

Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

Actually, I'm a 28 year old asshole.

~ Hayato

milchanteil (September 14, 2003)

from the ashes is a great album! the songs are awsome!
i think there are too many 14year old suckers in here.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

First and foremost, ignore my album rating, for I have not yet heard the album, other than the one song I DLed. This is more a commentary on the band itself.

I've given these guys a chance several times. In fact, I've purchased every record of theirs, save for the very first, and I just don't see any improvement. As a musician, I know that their songs are all different, yes, but they seem to like to use the same arrangements and power chords over and over, making their music quite boring and stale. Unless I get a free copy of this one, I think I'll pass.

~ Hayato

FortyMinutesWest (September 13, 2003)

I'm ignorant and hapless because I disagree with you, good call buddy.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Guys, didn't you know? If you want to be punk, you can't like Pennywise.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

"Its still sounds like Pennywise but it isn't rehashed."

Another unbelievable statement made by another ignorant hapless reviewer.

Pennywise, GET FUCKING REAL!!! Christ.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Fuck, this CD is amazing.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

The new CD SUCKS!!!!

I bought it and promptly took it back and exchanged it for a copy of Andrew WK!!!

RIP PW, It's over!

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

Also, this CD is pretty good.

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

That doesn't make any sense. Learn to speak english.

-Justin

Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

i bet you'd buy 10 copies of a cd if it had a fat cock and a glory hole on the cover.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

This is BORING and so is Pennywise....

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

This is not a punk web site, it reminds me more of the real world. All these little biatches if you have a grudge against pennywis witch most of you do you can review the record. Its completely biast. This CD is dope nothing out of the ordinary from pennywise but when I listened to it closely some songs really hit me. Its a good record.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

"Better than Land of the Free, but not quite on par with Straight Ahead, which looks to me like their last full-on effort. Full Circle and About Time wont ever be beaten though.

And fuck "purists" "emo-kids" and all those other shitty name tags. I am not trying to say i know it all - fuck that i dont but I listen to fuckin' PW, NOFX, Rise Against, Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Ramones, Clash, Sex Pistols but i listen to loads of old DC stuff too, like Mineral, Christie Front Drive, Still Life, Naveo Forge, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Embrace plus jazz like Miles Davis and blues like Robert Johnson, hip hop like J5, Dilated Peoples, People Under The Stairs aswell as electronica like Sigur Ros and The Notwist.
SO WHAT THE FUCK IS IT WITH COINING THESE TAGS AND USING THEM AS HATE DEVICES? SO MUCH FOR PUNK.
"

Did anyone ask for a list of the bands you listen too????

No, now shut up

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Granted the new records sucks!
But the worst thing about PW is the steakheads that go to their shows!

You have to sport a wifebeater and have an IQ of less then 100 to qualify..

funkisdead (September 12, 2003)

when i hear pink floyd, i want to smoke a huge bowl.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

You guys bitch about this Cd more than you bitched about crap like Good Charlotte, the Transplants or half the trendy emo shit out there. This CD may not be the best this year or even the top 10 (what with this year being such a great year for music thus far), but it is a good, solid PW album...better than the last two and with some really PW classics. People who listen to shitty emo and protooled scream music have no business talking shit about PW. Sure they have alot of stupid, jock surfer fans.....but do stupid fans define a band? You morons, that would mean that Black Flag were asshole cause they had skinheads at their shows. You guys need to take the chip off your shoulder and use your head.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

I got into Pennywise when Fletcher played Roseanne's husband on TV.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

"Forty, you were in jr. high in 96'? Man, I graduated in 97', thanks for making me feel old, fucker."

I know what you mean. I graduated in '98...ahh, it is true, no matter how much we try to deny it, we're "old". But just think - if you're like me, most of your friends have foresaken punk/Oi!/hardcore/et al and their beliefs...and moved on to "bigger and better" things like working for The Man, while we've stayed true to what we believe in - or go get wasted to forget - hey, whatever works.

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

Personally I could really give a shit about this record or any other of PW's records.
Boring generic dooka dooka dooka whoa oh ah beach surfer frat punk with a little vomit on the side.
Poor excuse for a band.
Next please!

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

About Time is sooo good. I wish I were 14 again, Pennywise were my favourite band, along with Bad religion and Nofx. The other two have stood the test of time slightly better than ol' PW

-bemused-

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

This gets my vote for shittiest CD of 2003! Avenged Sevenfolsd is a very close second!

Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

It's on par with Straight Ahead.

That means it's better than I expected.

The people who talk shit about Pennywise really don't bother me even though I've liked PW for a long time. It's their own problem.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

Black Fucking Flag....TOMORROW!!!!!

dignin (September 11, 2003)

hey forty, when in November do you turn 20? I turn 20 on the 12th, if you do to we should throw an online birthday party for the both of us(wussemorock IS NOT invited)!

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

No, they never called themselves hardcore. Other people did though.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

"That is, after all what they are, a skate punk band that plays fast. They’ve never claimed to be anything more."

um...don't they call themselves a "hardcore" band?

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

this review was lame, it didn't have anything good on why i should buy it. what a waste of time reading it. and pennywise is a good band who gives a rats ass if their stuff sounds the same, they deliver a strong message threw all of their songs that some bands or people can't even acomplish in a life time.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

mineral = from texas, right?

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

"...but i listen to loads of old DC stuff too, like Mineral, Christie Front Drive, Still Life, Naveo Forge, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Embrace"

um, only three of those bands are from DC. the rest were from the midwest or california. bonus points if you guess right.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

Fucking amazing album by the best band ever! enough said!

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

I'm a young buck, I'm only going to be 20 in November.

-Forty

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

Forty, you were in jr. high in 96'? Man, I graduated in 97', thanks for making me feel old, fucker.

-sickboi
(often imitated, never duplicated)

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

Thanx Adam!!!! - but, by the way, I submitted the review before their album was released...
-Janelle

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

this site should have forums. get forums. itd be better.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

Wow! i beat off to this album! good!

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

Better than Land of the Free, but not quite on par with Straight Ahead, which looks to me like their last full-on effort. Full Circle and About Time wont ever be beaten though.

And fuck "purists" "emo-kids" and all those other shitty name tags. I am not trying to say i know it all - fuck that i dont but I listen to fuckin' PW, NOFX, Rise Against, Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Ramones, Clash, Sex Pistols but i listen to loads of old DC stuff too, like Mineral, Christie Front Drive, Still Life, Naveo Forge, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Embrace plus jazz like Miles Davis and blues like Robert Johnson, hip hop like J5, Dilated Peoples, People Under The Stairs aswell as electronica like Sigur Ros and The Notwist.
SO WHAT THE FUCK IS IT WITH COINING THESE TAGS AND USING THEM AS HATE DEVICES? SO MUCH FOR PUNK.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

This SUCKS!!!!!

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

I got into pennywise when I was in 5th grade, way back in '01.

Anonymous (September 11, 2003)

The bonus DVD is a joke!

I'm using mine as a coaster...

SAVE YOUR MONEY for the new Pinhead Gunpowder instead!!!

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

i got into Pennywise back when Fletcher was thin!

What happened boys? this new CD of yours
bites the wax tadpole!

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

no one has mentioned the free dvd this comes with. one of the most boring half hours of my life was spent watching this. thanks a lot guys. i love ur music, but i can go without watching fletcher barf in other guys hair.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

woah pennywise came out with a new cd... where the hell have i been!

oh i know, i'm into hardcore now... i'm lame.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

I got into Pennywise back in '98 when I was a Freshmen is High School and I'm still into them. Also, this CD is great.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

ehh, i got into PW back in 97 when i was a sophomore in highschool. they sounded alot better back then cuz i only knew of a handful of other punk bands. to much has evolved in punk since then, the bar raised too high. they're fun to listen to for an old school kick, but it doenst do for me what it used to. full circle is still the best. this one is about on par w/ the last release. the review def. over exaggerates the changes in their sound. it aint much different if ya ask me.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

Fuck mate this really really SUCKS the big one..............
Oh well good riddance guys to one hell of a career......

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

Remember when Epitaph had some good bands?

The new PW is horrible!

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

bsd doesnt like you, eddie.

Eddie (September 10, 2003)

Eh, I liked Land of the Free?, and I'm sure I'll like this one, too.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

land of the free? was the last life pennywise had in them. unless they try to stop imitating bad religion and try to find their own way i don't see how this band can continue to appeal in the same way it did 8 years ago

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

Whatever happened to that one kid who everybody hated...what was his name again...wussemorock? Havent seen him in ages...did he die

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

I heard Full Circle in '97, and my colostomy bag filled with a rich, yellow liquid. Six years later, this album isn't lookin' so hot. And I have sex with farm animals. Discuss.

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

Pennywise can SUCK it!

Someone should knock that fat nacho eating bitch Fletcher out!

WORST BAND EVER!!!

Anonymous (September 10, 2003)

This album is pretty good. I wasn't expecting any amazing political thought from this band, but at least they get somewhat back to the personal side of the songwriting spectrum. This CD is better than Land of the Free, on par or better than Straight Ahead, but still can't hold a candle to the Unknown Road through Full Circle stuff. I haven't listened to it enough to get a final impression (I also got Articles of Faith Complete vol. 2 which has seen much more play time today), but I appreciate the fact that they tried to branch out musically within their range.

porkpie (September 9, 2003)

that's the worst cover art, ever. yeah, ever.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

"Pennywise" is about as interesting as "Brand New."

But at least they are doing little, while trying to get kids to do a lot.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

land of the free was a good album and actually my fave pennywise album.....i like it more than the others. From the Ashes is my second fave too. I actually like the newer stuff...its good.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

PENNYWISE IS MY 3RD FAVORITE BAND EVER!!!! behind bowling for soup and cauterize!!!

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

so let me get this straight, if you like pennywise your a stupid punk, or a jock, and if you dont like them your a "whiny emo kid who doesnt know what good music is".

Well, how about you think the PW sound is a bit tired, but you still appreciate them, and land of the free was horrible.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Great fucking punk rock album.

thubs way up

iwantconflict (September 9, 2003)

PEnnywise
fuckin
rocks

TahoeJeff (September 9, 2003)

I like this album..forty..you were still in junior high back in 96?..I feel old

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

If you order it you get a DVD.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

This album is alright. It's listenable, yet not something I would spend money on.

The cover art isn't too hot either.

adam (September 9, 2003)

Janelle: The Havok review is in the queue still and should be posted soon. These last few weeks have had a ton of new releases out so the other stuff in the queue has been pushed back.

BSD: Relax man...

-adam

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

"SCOTT!!!!
What of my Havoc review???? Any chance that will ever see the light of day? Thanks!
-Janelle"

I happened to see Havoc live a few months ago and they were horrible. Of course, at least they weren't an ancestral subgenre like most of what Scott considers worthy, so, by all means, it should be posted. You know it wont, and Eddie's review of the latest NFG single will be. It's just something you can count on.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Pennywise! This sounds like Pennywise! All their songs sound the same! HAHA! BRO!

I'm sorry you aksed for it

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Most of the people commenting on this are gay emo kids that wouldn't know good music if it hit them in the face. Sure all of Pennywise's cds sound the same but thats the style that they have made for themselves and thats fine. The lyrics are what really make this cd. I like the 2 songs ive heard and I probably will buy this

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Well, it's cool to hate NOFX too, don't forget.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

NOFX is a billion times more tired and mundane than PW, but I never see anyone jumping to point that out. Not that NOFX don't have good lyrics, but the music DOES NOT change....boring shit. And all the emo shit is the same shit, being copied by a milliopn other trendy, spur of the moment bands looking for riches. Pennywise may not be the best band out there, but they sure as hell deserve alot more respect than they get. Secondly, what's with this sudden "its cool to hate PW" attitude? If I recall when LOF was first released this site was full of praises....now people who at that time said they loved it are jumping on the trendy bandwagon.....what a disgrace. Anyway, I think this album is good, its no about time or unknown road (their masterpeice)....but it certainly has its fair share of great songs......not even close to best album of the year...but better than half the shit released recently.

TheOneTrueBill (September 9, 2003)

Totaly fucking redeemed themselves. The chills on the back of my neck in the opening seconds proved it.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

So, someone needs to justify themselves for liking a band now?

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I bash people who say "Pennywise sounds the same" or "They say Bro alot, I'm hillarious" over and over again.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Well talk about full circle. This band is so bad that it's ok to like them again. People getting bashed for pointing out a band sucks when the deserve it? The justification for liking this band is weak. Other than "Hey, I just have bad taste and can't progress."

Analog_Boy (September 9, 2003)

" “Pennywise? Hey, that’s the clown from ‘IT’. Wow! It has a bomb on it! I need to get this now!” I walked up to the cashier, threw down the money I had saved from cutting grass and went home to hear my newly purchased album, “About Time”."

wow... doesn't seem to take much to get you to buy an alblum.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

these guys have a message and aren't whiny emo fags i don't like it

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I heard God save the USA, and I prefer to dismiss it as being more boring pennywise instead of listening to the rest of the record.

pwfanatic (September 9, 2003)

i am pleasantly surprised by this album.

now let the senseless pennywise bashing resume.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

This CD is actually quite good.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

From Ashes Rise - Nightmares will be the best album with "Ashes" in the title this year, but buying the Pennywise album is my bi-yearly ritual I refuse to break, even if they've been geting worse and worse.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

"If you like pennywise, you will you like this albumn. If you dont like Pennywise, odds are you wont"

woah, slow down there einstein. how'd you come up with that theory?

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Normally I'm used to putting on a new Pennywise cd and getting all hyped up from the very first track....well this one wasn't like that, in fact I think the first track is lame...there are some good ol' Pennywise tunes on this cd but overall I think the guitars recording is weak....it just doesn't have that loud crisp bite that you normally get from Fletcher.

casualty (September 9, 2003)

hmmm...i'm a bit torn. i love pennywise, but their last 3 albums have failed to *move* me like their previous efforts. i miss the balls to the wall tempo mostly...sure, there's a few fast ones on here, but jim sings pretty mid-paced even if the songs are speedy. where's the spit-in-your-face aggression man? sing it like ya mean it.

also, i agree that "yesterdays" is insanely catchy, but doesn't that riff sound damn close to consumed's "same way twice"? jeepers.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

wow this album is really good...better than usual pennywise

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

who agrees this band should have broke up about four albums ago?

dignin (September 9, 2003)

"The Dismemberment Plan just broke up, yet this band is still making records."

Lifes pretty fucked up, Im going to slit my wrists...and what does pennywise have to say that hasnt been said by countless other punk bands, who also do it a lot better.

HeyBarmold (September 9, 2003)

Hey Scott, my girlfriend sucked 37 dicks

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

i dont understand why the majority of you emo or indie rock fags always diss pennywise? probally cause they are good, have a message and arent whiny emo fags

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

What is wrong with the cover art?? It reminds me a lot of old Dead Kennedys stuff.

maverick (September 9, 2003)

The Dismemberment Plan just broke up, yet this band is still making records.

Buncha savages in this town, I tell ya.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

god damn, the way you described buying "About Time", is EXACTLY how I bought it, during the summer of 96. talk about weird.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

i like to toss a guy's salad. should i tell my parents? oh and pennywise is cool.

hungryjoe (September 9, 2003)

Why do so many punk bands have fixations with ashes nowadays? It's almost as if nobody wants to burn shit anymore, but is content just to show up after something burns..."look at these ashes, that must have been some fire!"

Klasticono (September 9, 2003)

I think this is a good album. The one thing I like most about Pennywise is their consistency, they don't throw too many musical curveballs at their fans. So, musically, I enjoyed it just as I have all of their previous material.

While some of the lyrical content was good, I often felt like it would have been more appropriate if it were released some time ago. There were times that I felt like this album had been written a day or two after Sept. 11, 2001, and some of the things being said seemed more like immediate reaction than what you'd get a year and a half later.

Smashcore (September 9, 2003)

Pfffhh i liked Straight Ahead and Land Of The Free. I've heard a few tracks off this album, Holidays In The Sun is admittedly a bit shit but God Save The USA which they played live when i saw em recently sounded really good.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Goofy as cover art gets. Repetitive as music gets. Shitty as bands get.

Quit already.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I agree w/ the dude above.....the cover art is aweful. Pennywise never really did a good job in terms of their artwork.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Oh great now these assholes are getting in with the stupid run-on sentences also...... From ashes rise, from autumn to ashes, rise from ashes, from the ashes, ashes in my butthole.

FortyMinutesWest (September 9, 2003)

Yes, the cover art is stupid.

RyanTMurphy (September 9, 2003)

I knew I wasn't the only one who thought Land of the Free was too politically contrived. This is what it feels like when doves cry.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

This album is pretty much a return to form after land of the free gets thumbs up from me... But whats up with just mentioning the 'about time' album cos 'Unknown road' owns that cd!

eyeball_kid (September 9, 2003)

About time was my first Pennywiesse album too! I still like it now after all this time. Having been totally put off by the crapness of Straight Ahead and the trying-too-hard-to-be-political Land of the Free I can't see myself buying this unless it's in a bargain bin.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

SCOTT!!!!
What of my Havoc review???? Any chance that will ever see the light of day? Thanks!
-Janelle

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

"If you like pennywise, you will you like this albumn. If you dont like Pennywise, odds are you wont."

-Wow that is so profound. I look at life in a totally different way now. Thank you, whoever you are for opening my eyes at last. I hope everyone who reads this review sees your recondite philosophy and is moved as deeply as me.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

about time isn't their only good cd...full circle is amazing, and yes straight ahead and land of the free were awful

plutocracy (September 9, 2003)

Am I the only one who thinks that cover looks excrutiatingly dumb? Or maybe I'm dumb.

jeff024punk (September 9, 2003)

yea about time was there only good cd and i just stumbled on it cuz i bought a back pack from this kid in school way back when that had speakers in it and he left the cd in it.. so i claimed it.. there live cd was good too but thats pretty much it

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I was a little put off by the out of key accordian solo by special guest musician, Al Yankovic, but all in all its a decent record. Plus, I think I might be gay.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

This album is pretty good except for when the band decided to go all "ska" on me.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Pennywise = Decent Bad Religion cover band

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

With the heavy christian overtones on this new release it made me Mosh for JESUS!

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

This album has been ripped for about a month now...of course with all the other incredible albums lately I really haven't found the time to listen to this as I'm not the biggest Pennywise fan...

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I sprained my wrist listening to this album.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Pennywise really need to call it a day.

The new CD BLOWS!!! Save your money...

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Pennywise got me into punk many, many years ago. And, although they are no longer my favorite band, they reserve a special place in my heart. This album is great, a nice change of pace from LOF (which I in fact liked).

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

this album has been ripped for quite a while now.i have had it for about two and half weeks.its aiight.same ole pennywise.get boring after a few times through.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

The more albums sold = the more corn dogs for Fletcher and his countless amount of 30 year old hoochies. That man gets mad nasty gash.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

To the person who is first: we don't even know who you are so fuck you!!

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

I have nearly the same story with Pennywise's albums except I bought "About Time" after my cousin gave me the "Godmoney" soundtrack which had "Peaceful Day" on it.

I'm looking forward to getting this.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

Nope, it is ripped, as I got a copy of it yesterday. And yes, I am going to go purchase it tommorrow, I just really wanted to hear it before hand. :)

Anyways, its is definitely a decent cd, and is better than the previous release, Land of the Free? Its solid all the way through, with some new innovations. But as the old saying goes:

If you like pennywise, you will you like this albumn. If you dont like Pennywise, odds are you wont.

Modern (September 9, 2003)

I'm anxious to hear this now. Land of the Free was as lackluster to me as it was to you.

What surprises me even more is that this hasn't been ripped and been circulating on the net for 2 months. Still no rip as far as I know. Impressive.

Anonymous (September 9, 2003)

wooohooo I am first.Pennywise is oki I may download some tracks.

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