Stretch Arm Strong - A Revolution Transmission (Cover Artwork)

Stretch Arm Strong

A Revolution Transmission (2001)

Solid State

One of the most storied live acts around have put out the long awaited follow-up to "Rituals of Life." Stretch Armstrong, the nice guys of hardcore, are undoubtedly the most fun hardcore band I know. They seem to capture the power and sincerity perfectly while still coming across in a positive way.

Chris McLane's voice is a thing of beauty and brutality. Throw in some chorus on the throat, feverish guitar, frenzied drumming, and you got "A Revolution Transmission," a natural progression from "Rituals…"

What else can I say that hasn't been said about these South Carolina folks. Incredibly passionate lyrics, a pounding mix of old and new school hardcore, and the baddest breakdowns around. This time, the formula remains with some new touches (a cool little instrumental and vocal effects), but the intensity has been turned up a notch. Obvious highlights include "Dreams Away" and "Take Back Control" about Rape and Incest abuse, which features dual screaming by Chris and a female friend (Patti Davis). Definitely take a good look at the lyrics on this one…

Again, I will have to wait patiently for them to come to my town. In the meantime, "A Revolution Transmission" will keep me satisfied...