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Outbreak

Outbreak: OutbreakOutbreak (2009)
Think Fast! Records

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Contributed by: mikexdudemikexdude
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Hardcore is all about hard work, and there's no denying that Ryan O'Connor and the rest of Outbreak had to severly step up their game after hitting some unfortunate speed bumps. The odds were against them, but they said "fuck the odds" and wrote the best album of their career. Punk as fuck, right? .
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Hardcore is all about hard work, and there's no denying that Ryan O'Connor and the rest of Outbreak had to severly step up their game after hitting some unfortunate speed bumps. The odds were against them, but they said "fuck the odds" and wrote the best album of their career. Punk as fuck, right?

Yeah, it is punk as fuck, so it's no surprise Outbreak has taken on a traditional punk/hardcore sound rather than their old thrash ways. That's not to say they've gotten soft; whether it's the youth crew-influenced "Human Target," the old-school punk feel to "Temporary Hype" or the vaguely metalcore breakdown to "Sedate Me," the aggression is still there, but their songwriting is more concise and varied. Moreover, there's definitely a hard rock element to their sound; the aforementioned "Temporary Hype" has a driving single note riff and the concluding track "Concealed" has some light-speed scale runs that ensure energy without resorting to being untastefully thrashy.

Track 11, "Warning Signs" is a mid-tempo melodic hardcore song where O'Connor shows us some of his most dynamic vocals: less snotty, hardly yelled. It's the amount of variety that makes Ryan Eyestone's artwork that much more relevant: crazy, vibrant, and all over the place. But unfortunately for The Blasting Room, though very dear to my heart, they should not have been the place for recording this. The old-school feel of the artwork and sound would be best complemented by a rougher recording -- it only really benefits the music on the quick start/stops, anyway.

When a band writes a self-titled album, it's assumed their intent was to define themselves -- their sounds and their politics. Outbreak does this while producing relentless punk rock tunes in the process.

 

 
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fox82 (November 16, 2009)

'Concealed' is insane. This record rules. Definitely Outbreak's best release so far.

nocigar (November 16, 2009)

nice review michael. i'll have to check this out, that cover art is awesome too.

conduit (November 14, 2009)

This band was definitely a surprise at fest. I haden't seen them in so long and they killed it. This album is pretty awesome too...it's good to see Outbreak back, I can only hope kids start to pay attention again.

mikeinflames (November 14, 2009)

great album. definately their best so far.

GlassPipeMurder (November 13, 2009)

Right on. I was gonna review this and give it the same score, so amen brotha.

TheLando (November 13, 2009)

Surprised by how good this was. Wasn't a fan of Work(ing) Dead when that 7" and song were released. This whole LP is really good though. Great review.

ffwoodycooks (November 13, 2009)

i dont think its as good as Failure but, its still great. also, theres a "Like a Velvet Glove Cast In Iron" reference on the cover. cant beat that.

punker001 (November 13, 2009)

Amazing band and a great cd! Good review too but I'm glad of the good recording! Sounds so awesome!

Rastid (November 13, 2009)

good review, great band--can't wait for my copy to arrive.

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