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Panic: Strength in SolitudeStrength in Solitude (2006)
Bridge Nine Records

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Bridge 9 must know I wasn't the only one who first heard of Panic through their first post-reunion EP, the recent Reflections effort, Circles. And thus, they've issued a handy little compilation encompassing all of Panic's pre-Circles material -- 2 EPs, 1 demo, and a live version of a previously unr.
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Bridge 9 must know I wasn't the only one who first heard of Panic through their first post-reunion EP, the recent Reflections effort, Circles. And thus, they've issued a handy little compilation encompassing all of Panic's pre-Circles material -- 2 EPs, 1 demo, and a live version of a previously unreleased song -- entitled Strength in Solitude, and luckily it's just about as solid.

The first thing any new Panic fans like myself will notice is, straight up, how much faster the band played. Frills? Fuhgettaboutit. This is old-school Boston hardcore played at near warp speed -- not thrash fast, but still at tempos best described as "unrelenting." The Suicide File-like rock'n'roll edge of later tracks like "Rise" is quite absent, but it helps magnify the band's anger and intensity in economical bursts (Solitude clocks in at 16 tracks and just under 24 minutes).

Featured out of the gates is 2001's Dying for It, which contains one of the comp's standouts in the title track. The breakdown chant of "Kids like us / will be alone forever!" must assuredly be the climax moment of the band's live shows, while the 40-second blast "I Walk the Same Way Home Every Night" is the type of song over before you've even realized it's passed by.

Oddly enough, the followup, 2002's self-titled EP -- recorded by Dean Baltulonis at Atomic -- feels a little rawer in production, which is odd since Dying for It was recorded with Kurt Ballou, who's usually the one known for less fuller-sounding rhythm sections. In any regards, the band doesn't lose any of their intensity. "Pale" is mind-numbingly fast and well representative of a clear Negative Approach influence. "Our Choice Is Made" is the customary hardcore pride anthem, but fortunately void of groanworthy chest-beating. One annoyance occurs here, though: The last 30 seconds end of "Pale" is silence, and thus significantly disrupts the flow of the disc, which would be understandable if it was the EP's closer, but there's actually 1 last track from it to go. Oh well.

The 3 songs from Panic's demo are understandably raw in production, but obviously just as visceral as anything else on Solitude. Also, only one, "I Walk the Same Way Home Every Night," is a repeat.

The one previously unreleased track, "Think Ahead" is awfully trebly and static-filled. It doesn't seem like a horrible song, but the recording is trashy as hell and mostly ends an otherwise solid album on an iffy note.

While a bit forgettable, Strength in Solitude appropriately takes a final look at Panic's past, and now with a developing sound and a new outlook in hand, manages to officially close a nicely completive chapter that's likely an interesting read for the newer fans.

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Anonymous (August 7, 2006)

"The 3 songs from Panic's demo are understandably raw in production, but obviously just as visceral as anything else on Solitude. Also, only one, "I Walk the Same Way Home Every Night," is a repeat."

Did you listen to the fucking thing? I have the demo and the track from it called Face Myself is the same as Lighthouse from Dying For It and the track called Distance is the same as My Favourite Mistake Was You. Different names but not different songs.

Anonymous (August 6, 2006)

yes, panic and panic! at the disco are exactly alike.

just like how buddy holly and hitler are exactly alike because both their last names start with H.

Anonymous (August 5, 2006)

dewds have been around a while, to the "real original name guy"

Flowbee (August 5, 2006)

Dipshit, I'm pretty sure these guys have been around a lot longer than Panic! At The Disco.

Anonymous (August 5, 2006)

Real Original Name there guys...

*cough*panic!atthedisco*cough*

Anonymous (August 4, 2006)

I loved the EP!

-bryan styles

inagreendase (August 4, 2006)

Never listened to this band before.......but all that macho "pride" and tough guy bullshit absolutely kills hardcore- the best hardcore bands stand in complete contrast to that.

Let's try this again:

"...but fortunately void of groanworthy chest-beating."

void; Pronunciation Key (void)
adj.

1. Containing no matter; empty.
2. Not occupied; unfilled.
3. Completely lacking; devoid: void of understanding. See Synonyms at empty.
4. Ineffective; useless.
5. Having no legal force or validity; null: a contract rendered void.
6. Games. Lacking cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand.

Anonymous (August 4, 2006)

Makeoutclub.com and Truepunk.com duders!!!

theOneTrueBill (August 4, 2006)

Their song on the Tarantuals sampler that came with the Explosion EP was pretty good. I need to get this.

BrandonSideleau (August 4, 2006)

Never listened to this band before.......but all that macho "pride" and tough guy bullshit absolutely kills hardcore- the best hardcore bands stand in complete contrast to that.

kirbypuckett (August 4, 2006)

Score is for Brian's use of...

Fuhgettaboutit

- Kirby

kirbypuckett (August 4, 2006)

Obligatory...

at the Disco?

- Kirby

sickboi (August 4, 2006)

I bought their s/t EP a few years back, not a bad listen. Haven't checked out any of the new stuff.

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