Artist: Strike Anywhere

Title: Nightmares of the West

Label: Pure Noise Records

Rating: 8/10

Words: Woody Woodworth

One of the most exciting things in music is when your favorite band makes new music. Even more exciting though is the release of new music after a lengthened absence without. Punk / hardcore scene staple Strike Anywhere rose from the depths and brought upon their powerful album Nightmares of the West which was released July 17th via Pure Noise Records, roughly 8 years since their last one.

As one would expect, the listener gets hit with their classic punk sound right out of the gate

The record starts out with the tracks “Documentary” and “Dress the Wounds.” As one would expect, the listener gets hit with their classic punk sound right out of the gate. “Documentary,” as with the theme for most of the songs, features gang vocals with an uplifting chorus. The band dabbles in a ROAM-like sound and shows off a nice guitar solo. “Dress the Wounds” is more fast-paced and has excellent drum fills throughout highlighting pure drum energy before the bridge brings screaming well balanced with lower octave guitar riffs.

The third track, “The Bells,” is a little more structured but sounds like the instrumentals were recorded a little more raw. More gang vocals pop up in a very energy rocking chorus. The bridge swoops in with a slight instrumental idle out that explodes into a heavy hardcore riff met with a strong solo. The end of the track features more of those gang vocals.

Bringing the entire album together is the elongated bridge with a slow build of pure energy that cascades into the final moments of the record

In “Frontier Glitch,” the vocals come in more raw and grungy paired with fast-paced punk undertones. The bridge showcases a massive guitar solo as well. “Imperium of Waste,” the fourth track on the album, is the anthem, showing off instrumentals that are fit for a live arena or amphitheatre. Another highlight are those gang vocals but more melodic in the chorus this time.

The last two tracks, “Opener,” and “We Make the Road by Walking,” bring the rest of the album together. “Opener,” starts out with the perfect circle pit starter and features more punk undertones and has a nice catchy chorus. In “We Make the Road by Walking,” there are more raw vocals with a definite blend of hardcore and punk while more gang vocals make their way in. Bringing the entire album together is the elongated bridge with a slow build of pure energy that cascades into the final moments of the record.  

Nightmares of the West is out now!

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