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Strike Anywhere - Iron Front [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Strike Anywhere

Strike Anywhere: Iron Front [7 inch]Iron Front [7 inch] (2009)
Bridge Nine Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Strike Anywhere is back, and better than ever. They have a solid back catalogue of impressive, politically supercharged melodic hardcore. Now they've released a new four-song EP on Bridge 9 Records. The EP features two tracks from the album that it takes its name from, Iron Front, and two new songs .
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Strike Anywhere is back, and better than ever. They have a solid back catalogue of impressive, politically supercharged melodic hardcore. Now they've released a new four-song EP on Bridge 9 Records. The EP features two tracks from the album that it takes its name from, Iron Front, and two new songs not to be featured on their new LP. The four tracks blaze by in nine minutes, and they do not disappoint.

The album starts off with a strong opener, "Failed States." The track blasts open and unleashes the fury that is Strike Anywhere -- powerful guitars and driving drums complement Thomas Barnett's frantic vocals delivering rapid-fire lines. "Hand of Glory" is the second track and is reminiscent of their hardcore roots. Frantic drumming and gang vocals abound on this one. Clocking in at over just a minute and a half, this song is the most furious track on the EP, too. "Orphan Age" features guitar work that rides the line between hardcore and pop-punk. The song ends with an exhausted Thomas screaming "There is no peace / there is no sleep / Until the people rise / and take back the land." "Twilight's Last Gleaming" is the most melodic track on the EP, complete with a big chorus and driving verses. It's a song that is the pure and simple definition of Strike Anywhere as a band: heavy-hitting, politically charged and catchy as hell, all wrapped up into a three-minute-long track.

The first two tracks sound reminiscent of their Change Is a Sound-era material, while the last two tracks draw comparisons to Dead FM and Exit English. Overall, it's an impressive EP from one of melodic hardcore's top-tier bands. This EP does its job well. It offers a tease of the upcoming album, and some new stuff to help tide fans over. It's relentless in its drive and energy. Strike Anywhere always brings their A-game, and this EP is evidence of that. Easily, this is the band's best output to date. Make sure this EP finds its way into your music collection -- it's way too good to pass up

 

 
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yourwifesboyfriend (September 15, 2009)

Im ashamed to admit it but Strike Anywheres creepy rodent looking singer put me off them on day 1 ..ANYWAY gonna give these guys a shot any ideas where to start?

wagner1979 (September 9, 2009)

I love it.
a good mix.
2 off the new Album.
2 b-sides.

It sums up the band pretty well.

Iron Front is going to be BIG for Strike Anywhere

telegraphrocks (September 8, 2009)

That's from "Instinct" (Dead Fm). I don't see a problem with that line at all.

You want more than one example of "worst lyrics"? Check out the incredibly mis-titled The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Blackjaw_ (September 8, 2009)

BarleyPat:

I never noticed that lyric, but I think it's awesome.

BarleyPat (September 8, 2009)

I can't wait to hear the new stuff, but I don't have a turntable, so I guess I'll be either waiting or stealing this.

I love these guys, but they take my prize for worst lyric EVER:

"And you try so hard to forget you're alive, but.........you're alive"

everydayballoons (September 8, 2009)

and yes i'm well aware of the typo there.

everydayballoons (September 8, 2009)

"The Redder, the Better."

holy fuck you're are so annoying.

telegraphrocks (September 8, 2009)

The two songs which will appear on the full-length are VERY awesome.

But the two songs exclusive to this 7-inch are quite boring, and it's totally understandable why they aren't going on the full-length.

Hopefully the full-length is more like "Failed State"...

RANKAGE:
1- Change Is A Sound- 9
2- Chorus Of One- 9
3- Dead FM- 8
4- Exit English- 7
5- the remainder of To Live In Discontent- 6
6- Iron Front EP- 6

SKAtepunk (September 8, 2009)

Wow Bridge 9 is slowly becoming one of my favorite labels.

mikexdude (September 8, 2009)

"I don't remember the last time I heard an EP this good. Probably senor and the queen?"

The Redder, the Better.

icapped2pac (September 8, 2009)

"I don't remember the last time I heard an EP this good. Probably senor and the queen?"

Try Transit's "Stay Home". Fucking killer, front to back.

icapped2pac (September 8, 2009)

Exit English got me into them and I still love that album. Dead Fm, on the other hand, was completely lost on me. For some reason I found it boring. This EP brings me back right back though and has me psyched for the full length in a big way, not to mention how awesome it will be to see them play with PBC.

eatdogs (September 8, 2009)

solid ep. also, why is it that i just discovered everybody hates chris??? that show is awesome!!!

Chadreligion (September 8, 2009)

Great little EP they have here.... hard, speed-punk at it's best.
I never gave Dead FM much of a listen after the suggestive tracks didn't turn me on, but I'm more than positive this is a better offering, despite being an EP.
All four of these songs are tight and fresh, just how I like it, however I could have done without the "Dead Boys, Dead Booooooys!" vocals... kinda cheesy, but still, better than most.
Hey, and the lyrics are included!

Score is for the EP on a whole.

mikexdude (September 8, 2009)

I'd hardly call a "teaser" their best work. That said, "Failed State" and "Orphan Age" are some of the best songs they ever written. "Failed State" is incredibly hard, subtle, and less wordy than most of their stuff. The transitions and melodies are perfect. "Orphan Age" sounds like Inquisition guitar riffs mixed with Exit English-era SA and it's absolutely perfect. I'm sad that's a b-side because that ended gang vocal gives me goose bumps.

Hand of Glory is a boner kill, but these other songs make me so exceited to listen to the new album. If it's anything like the two songs above, then it'll be their best work.

Piata (September 8, 2009)

I don't remember the last time I heard an EP this good. Probably senor and the queen?

Good stuff, and it blows Dead.FM out of the water.

Blackjaw_ (September 8, 2009)

It's good.

LeightonESmith (September 8, 2009)

This is what Strike Anywhere should have done instead of Dead FM.
Now get your asses to Australia!

boxcar (September 8, 2009)

Wouldn't go that far to call this Ep their best output, but it's as solid as I hoped & kinda expected it to be!

Doing a show with them and Dead To Me on their Eurotour in December...stoked on that combination!

oldpunkerforever (September 8, 2009)

correction, Crime In Stereo ( not PBC), even better-oldpunker-

oldpunkerforever (September 8, 2009)

DC on October 2nd w PBC and Ruiner, i am feeling quite a good show perhaps, or very interesting at the least. Score is for Strike Anywhere, brilliant-oldpunker-

thirtyseconds (September 8, 2009)

Heard this a couple of times. It sounds ace, but I don't seem compelled to listen to it again too much.

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