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After the Fall: Fort OrangeFort Orange (2009)
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Albany, NY's After the Fall show a considerable improvement on their new full-length, Fort Orange. Fort Orange is full of able and competent, fast melodic skatepunk that knows how to be serious as well as pay cheeky homage to its influences. While the opening title track is a scathing indictment .


Albany, NY's After the Fall show a considerable improvement on their new full-length, Fort Orange.

Fort Orange is full of able and competent, fast melodic skatepunk that knows how to be serious as well as pay cheeky homage to its influences. While the opening title track is a scathing indictment of the Albany PD for killing an innocent man one New Year's Eve ("Were you following standard procedure?"), the next song, "Thomas Philbrick" asks coyly "Do you remember that Millencolin record? (YES! I! DO!)."

There's a healthy technicality at play here that makes the songs interesting but not over the top; Propagandhi certainly plays a big influence. The band went a little overboard on their last album, 2006's Everything, which had a lot of choppy, non-sensical instrumental tracks and songs that otherwise went nowhere. Although much of Fort Orange seems similarly speedy and curt, full of one-verse punches, it's more of a concise, focused batch of tracks than anything. There's also a good bit of a melodic hardcore flair here, as exposed in later cuts like the aggressive "It's Her Choice" and the great changeups of the minute-long "Bummer."

After the Fall's been working at their craft for a while and have definitely come up with something solid and worthwhile on Fort Orange. I'd love to see them further flesh this stuff out, and I bet they really hit their stride later on.

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shitsfucked (January 4, 2010)

I was extremely impressed live, i will buy this and let all the orgers know what i think of it hahahHAHAHAHhahahah..................

friokir (August 13, 2009)

it's decent, but their 2006 one was much better, listening to it right now as a matter of fact.

d_bag (August 12, 2009)

i dig this record. i was kind of surprised that it's not from some European Bells On Records band.

Hey_Asshole (August 11, 2009)

meh

lostandclowned (August 11, 2009)

"Bummer" is a good song.

alexwank (August 11, 2009)

urgh..good not great. nothing to raise your "first" about

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