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The Golden Age

The Golden Age: Unlock YourselfUnlock Yourself (2009)
Panic Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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The Golden Age produce a sophomore full-length that's more or less a solid entry in the less populated area of semi-melodic hardcore (opposed to, you know, less so or just plain full-on). Unlock Yourself's songs make a point of coming in, making a point, then leaving, and its impeccable urgency i.
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The Golden Age produce a sophomore full-length that's more or less a solid entry in the less populated area of semi-melodic hardcore (opposed to, you know, less so or just plain full-on).

Unlock Yourself's songs make a point of coming in, making a point, then leaving, and its impeccable urgency is what keeps it enjoyable -- all average about two minutes apiece. While Strike Anywhere's been a frequent comparison, there's a smartly heavier thump to the record that seems to re-imagine Solid State-era Stretch Arm Strong playing at more consistently punk speeds and refraining from any breakdowns or general mosh parts. "Old Ghosts" comes through with a surprisingly slower, swirling opening, though, that's almost reminiscent of someone like Engine Kid, and the tempo changes and loose gang vocals in "Recharge" make it a standout.

Musically, there's nothing really cheesy here, but the adamant simplicity in "The Constant" ("I am straight edge. / I will always be.") sticks out sorely, even if it's made up for by the Stay Gold-ish guitar melodies towards the song's end. Non-edgers and non-vegans might be a little bothered by the better worded but still rather straightforward statements and guilt induction of "The Key," too ("I choose compassion over cruelty. / I refuse to ignore my conscience."). It has some guitar parts super reminiscent of Strike Anywhere, and that's cool either way you cut it. The rest of the album sees more thoughtful discussions revolving around optimism and regret of the human spirit.

Unlock Yourself doesn't quite stock itself with enough dynamism and hooks to rise above the great albums that have come out in recent years traversing similar territory, but it's a worthwhile time for fans of the style.

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you_are_a_loser (November 13, 2009)

"I know you're both retarded."

Your name suits you well.

Misanthropee (November 9, 2009)

I haven't heard this band, but I have eyes and can also read, so I know you're both retarded.

It's a 3.5-star review. Equivalent to 7 points. Everyone chill out. Yeesh.

inagreendase (November 8, 2009)

ugh, this sounds like a review for a 5 star album, yet it gets 7 stars. can we please get some reviews that give something other than 7 or 8 stars?

I'll assume you mean 2.5 stars. Punknews.org does not give out more than 5 stars. And I thought I emphasized enough that it was pretty good, not great, though.

And there are 2/5 and 2.5/5 reviews almost directly below this review...

LeightonESmith (November 8, 2009)

Yeah, this isn't bad.
I'm still waiting for the next "great" melodic hardcore release.

TheChemist (November 7, 2009)

Sad to say that I only went to 2 or 3 of their 100's of shows back in CC during high school. They are really pretty solid.

friokir (November 6, 2009)

"Solid State-era Stretch Arm Strong playing at more consistently punk speeds and refraining from any breakdowns or general mosh parts."

sounds quite good.

Blackjaw_ (November 6, 2009)

This is really good for its genre, enough that I put it on every once in a while and almost make it all the way through. I don't really listen to this kind of stuff usually, but this stands out.

Rastid (November 6, 2009)

ugh, this sounds like a review for a 5 star album, yet it gets 7 stars. can we please get some reviews that give something other than 7 or 8 stars?

Mr_International (November 6, 2009)

Great band. I love everything they've done so far, really solid young band.

Archangel (November 6, 2009)

The comment below mine pretty much sums this up.

I'll add the following: This band has beautiful shirts/album art. And they were just ridiculously nice when I stopped to buy their cd after a show in Seattle.

you_are_a_loser (November 6, 2009)

Even though I drink beer and eat meat, I think this band is pretty awesome. Sometimes the lyrics are a bit simplistic, but the musicianship is great.

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