Punknews.org
R'N'R - The Infamous And Notorious (Cover Artwork)

R'N'R

R'N'R: The Infamous And NotoriousThe Infamous And Notorious (2004)
Manic Ride

Reviewer Rating: 4
User Rating:


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
(others by this writer | submit your own)

I've heard countless bands playing old school Boston hardcore, but R'N'R decided to put a twist on this basic formula. I've gone into many a review without knowing anything about a band, but I'd actually heard quite a bit about these guys before I listened to The Infamous And Notorious, and most of.
Amazon


I've heard countless bands playing old school Boston hardcore, but R'N'R decided to put a twist on this basic formula. I've gone into many a review without knowing anything about a band, but I'd actually heard quite a bit about these guys before I listened to The Infamous And Notorious, and most of what I heard was overwhelmingly positive. What I did know was that they had members of Mental and Think I Care, what I didn't know is how they would pull off this style. The appropriately named R'N'R plays a mix of Boston hardcore and classic rock, and they do it without compromising anything from either of their influences.

It may seem a little strange at first, hearing the huge riffs normally associated with bands like AC/DC, and admittedly, it is odd; but I'll be damned it doesn't work really well. These songs manage to take on the anthem like quality of classic rock, while keeping the aggression of hardcore. Joe Shumsky's screams blend in perfectly with the music, and manage to keep things firmly rooted in hardcore, while the rest of the band is free to shift styles at their leisure. Joe Sylvia and Eric Yu both do their best to emulate the guitar heroes of the past, playing each song with the confidence and swagger of a seasoned rock band. However, R'N'R makes sure that they don't lie back for too long, they also include enough urgency to keep the hardcore fans interested. I think the band's sound is best exemplified by the track "12FU" which starts out with some hard rock riffing, before breaking into a speedy, straight forward verse.

On the surface this appears to be a really strange concept, and listening to this album doesn't exactly change my mind, but I can't argue with the results. This far from the standard Boston hardcore you'll hear on Bridge 9, and I like that. There's nothing wrong with straight ahead hardcore, but I have to commend these guys for changing things up a bit. If you're looking for a little bit of variety, you might want to give this band a listen.

My Favorite Track: 12FU

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Sick Of It All - Life On The RopesThe James Dean Trio - Getting ScaryBones Brigade - I Hate Myself When I'm Not SkateboardingMental - Get An Oxygen TankKill Your Idols/Crime in Stereo - SplitNo Choice - Dry River FishingTakaru - There Can Only Be NoneAntimaniax - I'm Without Sleep In This Desert Of ConcreteThe Blinding Light - The Ascension AttemptFrom A Second Story Window - Not One Word Has Been Omitted

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (January 17, 2005)

whoever doesnt like this album, call me and I will make you like it. its fuckin sick from start to finish. and the guy that said "that kids a fag" if he's talking about the singer, that guys awesome, so cram it up your ass. and why are you bashing on straight edge people? are you trying to show off you drink and shit? yah so do i so do 1 hundred other people in the world, get a clue.. well, maybe 2 hundred

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

Das Goot..Rocking ass tunes.. Esp. for some X boys.

Anonymous (September 6, 2004)

"This is good stuff man. Too bad it's Edge, but regardless of them being super duper uptight ( generalization of all edgers), it's a really cool record. I'm originally from the same area as them (South Dartmouth MA) but I live in Cali now. I'd never heard hardcore this good when I lived there."

that kids a fag!

Anonymous (September 3, 2004)

these guys had a split 7" with the suicide file, and that makes them A OK with me.

Anonymous (September 2, 2004)

This is good stuff man. Too bad it's Edge, but regardless of them being super duper uptight ( generalization of all edgers), it's a really cool record. I'm originally from the same area as them (South Dartmouth MA) but I live in Cali now. I'd never heard hardcore this good when I lived there.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

It's hard for me to like much in the way of modern Boston hardcore, between their ultra judgemental "hardcore hero" Choke, and this Boston Beatdown crap, but I'll definitely at least rip this shit off Soulseek.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

"the Lind bros also did the Ramallah thing together too, correct?"

nah, in the studio ramallah was rob doing vocals, bass and guitar, blood for bloods drummer and jake bannon doing backups.

live, i know theres at least one dude from cold as life...not sure who else, but mark lind isnt in it.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

gay

FortyMinutesWest (September 1, 2004)

Sinners and Saints are a lot better than Blood for Blood, actually.

recordings (September 1, 2004)

sinners and saints aint half bad, im glad someone brought them up. the Lind bros also did the Ramallah thing together too, correct?

as for this album, its sounds quite interesting. definately worth a check-out.

Fuzzy (August 31, 2004)

The Ducky Boys went towards ACDC rock also, anyone here heard Sinners and Saints? Boston hardcore was always more rooted in rock than punk, so when they got older, it slowed down.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

Nor were the F.U.'s, but at least they changed their name.

The Boston bands just weren't arty as the DC gang or genuinely interesting as the LA bands, so when they changed their sound, they sucked.

-BSD

TheOnetrueBill (August 31, 2004)

Yeah, SSD and DYS didn't really work too well after 1984.

FortyMinutesWest (August 31, 2004)

I know lots of hardcore bands ended up going a more metal/rock route, but I cant think of any of them who still maintained a balance of hardcore like this band.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

sounds like 40 didnt know that all early Boston hardcore eventually merged into ACDC hard rock.

difference is, they totally sucked when they tried. unlike RnR.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

helluva album, no doubt

kirbypuckett (August 31, 2004)

At first I thought this was going to be a G 'n R review.

- Kirby

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


The Fest 13

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go