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Boy Sets Fire: The Day the Sun Went Out [reissue]The Day the Sun Went Out [reissue] (2005)
Equal Vision Records
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Absolutely essential. In the same year where Snapcase had released its landmark Progression Through Unlearning, another band playing a very similar style was about to make one hell of a name for themselves. Its tools? A progressive hardcore sound and a mind deeply rooted in social and political i.
You’re just another anthem, guided by a bullet / You can take this all to hell, with your fucking victims / Down a toast of their blood with your wine, while refining your ego’s defense / The glory of bullets, the fire, the mob’s action to riot / Your keen sense of interest in the revolution will end / With the stains of innocence on your hands / The flags that divide us grow stronger, with your plastic refinement / Plaster your picture of heads lining your mantle, define your heresy with the streets / Line with their entrails, your murders reek of their guns / Your motives reek of their kind.Some truly hard hitting words to accompany “Toy Gun Anthem,” an equally hard hitting musical assault. The fury of words and instrumentation truly does not relent at any point in the album, even in a few of the sporadic melodic passages that are strewn throughout. But it’s those lyrics that really put Boy Sets Fire above so many others; the impact can be felt just as much vocally as any chord progression. “Hometown Report Card” closes off this album in a fine fashion, with one of the more punishing tracks on the album, riding on some real terrific rhythms. Boy Sets Fire has always been a band with something to say, a voice against a lot of the wrongs going on throughout the world. This is where it all started, where the vision was first formed, and it sounds better than ever.
Until the forthcoming release of Boy Sets Fire’s fourth full-length early next year, this album will serve as a reminder of just what intelligent, progressive hardcore can be. Ahead of its time.
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