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The Flatliners: Monumental [7-inch]Monumental [7-inch] (2010)
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With all due respect to their ska years, 2010 marks the height of the Flatliners' powers. Cavalcade remains one of the best punk albums to come out this year, a refreshing burst of anthemic rock in the vein of fellow Fat bands Smoke or Fire and Dead to Me. The "Monumental" single delivers two B-side.
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With all due respect to their ska years, 2010 marks the height of the Flatliners' powers. Cavalcade remains one of the best punk albums to come out this year, a refreshing burst of anthemic rock in the vein of fellow Fat bands Smoke or Fire and Dead to Me. The "Monumental" single delivers two B-sides taken from the Cavalcade sessions, revealing that the band has plenty more excellent tunes in their songbooks.

"Monumental" opens the seven-inch, and in case you forgot, it's a pretty kickass song with a slight Gaslight Anthem vibe. Solid chorus, crunchy guitar, just awesome for everyone involved. Good times. The flipside offers "Christ Punchers" and "Cut Your Teeth," which would have fit in perfectly on Cavalcade. "Christ Punchers" has a catchy chorus that doubles as a political statement ("I believe in reality"). It's a short and sweet missive with a strong backbeat. "Cut Your Teeth" is a little rawer. Not as infectious, but still good.

I get why "Cut Your Teeth" didn't make it onto Cavalcade. It's good but not great, and the final album's 12 tracks outclass it. "Christ Punchers," meanwhile, is so fine it almost makes me angry. I'd be mad at the Flatliners for sitting on this song, except it just makes me more excited for their eventual fourth full-length. If "Christ Punchers" is what the band relegates to B-side status, then what they pick for their next album must be gold.

 

 
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mrindecisive (September 17, 2013)

Love the Simpsons reference of "Christ Punchers"

devianter (November 24, 2010)

and then people like you just fuck up the punknews tops every year by putting some horrible bands and not even mention the great ones like flats.

devianter (November 24, 2010)

jelone has some problems with flatliners as i see. every fucking review gets 3.5 stars. is it some kind of fetish for you or what ? you describe it as awesome and put 3.5 stars right after that.

quickattack (October 7, 2010)

Love em.

thirtyseconds (October 6, 2010)

Cavalcade is still album of the year for me.

hobbzoid (October 5, 2010)

I like this band.

kellenmacklin (October 5, 2010)

Totally into it.

Alien (October 5, 2010)

This is monumental.

Thrusters (October 5, 2010)

Christ Punchers is golden.

boobthemusicindustry (October 5, 2010)

my christian friends really enjoy this 7"

Blackjaw_ (October 5, 2010)

Very very good. No surprise there.

StraightToHell82 (October 5, 2010)

If The Slackers didn't exist, these guys would be the band of the year.

uncle_leo (October 5, 2010)

"If â??Christ Punchersâ?ť is what the band relegates to B-side status, then what they pick for their next album must be gold."

This

sailin_on (October 5, 2010)

Solid EP indeed. Wonder what direction they'll take for their next album. Keep the evolution coming boys!

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