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Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front

Riot Riot Upstart

Epitaph

Serious Angst from the invincible legends of NYC hardcore. The first song should be enough to prompt every single “confused” NYC “liberal” to pick up the album. It’s called “Police State,” and goes like this: “New York Police State! (repeat about five times)/Giuliani (repeat about five times)/Fuck you!” It’s minimalist, certainly, but packs a hell of a punch.

Riot Riot Upstart is about, as usual, the hardcore life, but it’s clear that the folks in Agnostic Front (sans Raybeez – RIP) are feeling the bite of being an adult, as noted in their songs like “Blood, Death & Taxes,” “Sit and Watch,” “Frustration,” “Sickness,” and “Nothing’s Free.” Check out the guest list: Lars Fredericksen, Billy Milano, H2O, the Fiendz, etc. Genuine HC from HC central, pick it up.

Epitaph Records, 2789 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90026

Categories
Music Reviews

Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front

Riot Riot Upstart

Epitaph

A hardcore institution for no less than 17 years, New York’s Agnostic Front appears no worse for the wear on its latest, Riot Riot Upstart . Slicing a few songs out of Riot’s context might prove to be a bit disorienting at first, for AF have a go at a (relatively) diverse platter of styles — all emanating from the punk and hardcore undergrounds, of course. From the proto-NYHC blur of the Victim in Pain debut to the overtly metallic din of One Voice , AF covers all its previous, well-tread bases and then some, including street-punk, Oi!, and Lifetime-esque posi-core. But hand it to the band’s endurance and professionalism, because the Front does an absolutely seamless job of it, making Riot ‘s 17 tracks a barrage of swift kicks that are as vital as any in the hardcore microcosm today.

Epitaph Records, 2789 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90026